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Recently the Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives at Tulane University retracted its October 1st school report. According to a Times Picayune article dated October 10, 2014 “In a high-profile embarrassment, Tulane University’s Cowen Institute for Education Initiatives on Friday retracted its widely cited Oct. 1 report on New Orleans public high school performance. The study concluded that most schools are posting higher graduation rates and better test scores than could be expected, given the socio-economic disadvantages of their students“. The report was removed from their web site as officials from the Cowen Institute stated that the “report’s methodology was flawed, making its conclusions inaccurate”.
Every year post Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, charter school proponents and education privateers have boasted about the academic gains of the charter schools. However the only folks that have been making these claims are the folks that have a vested interest in the success of charter schools (Recovery School District, charter operators, education industry). Since 2007 the Cowen Institue has been the lead cheerleader of the unfound academic success of charter schools in New Orleans.
Meanwhile all external analysis of the market model education reforms have reported just the opposite. Researchers and bloggers have consistently found that the Recovery School District of New Orleans schools rank at the bottom when compared to other school districts in the state.Obviously the Cowen Institute could no longer ignore the obvious. This is quite a turn around for a agency at a major research university. More importantly it is unbelievable that a research institution would make such an analysis given the preponderance of data that clearly indicated otherwise.
Charles Hatfield of Research on Reforms joins us this morning to discuss how for years the Cowen Institute has touted unfound success with the market model reforms of the public schools in New Orleans.
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Educational equity activists Karran Harper Royal served as this morning’s guest host. Karran had an open discussion on the need for the Recovery School District by leading a discussion on the impact of the Recovery School District over its 11 year history. Has it been a successful entity. Did the Recovery School District fulfill its original mission? As we approach the December tax initiative that could cement the RSD in New Orleans for the next 20 years, it’s important that we take a good look at the effects of the Recovery School District on our community.
MORE BAD NEWS FOR THE RECOVERY SCHOOL DISTRICT OF NEW ORLEANS
Charles Hatfield of Research on Reforms recently released his analysis of the 2014 LEAP results in math and english language arts. The LEAP test is Louisiana state mandated test taken by all the public schools to determine student and school district’s academic progress.
Once again the results are not promising for the Recovery School District of New Orleans. The Recovery School District of New Orleans labeled by education reformers as the national model of turning around poor performing school districts has consistently performed poorly academically since it took over control of the majority of public schools in New Orleans post Hurricane Katrina.
Hatfield concludes the following in his report:
However, despite the achievement gains reported during the past nine years by the ardent supporters of this ”reform” movement, the RSD-NO is still performing below the vast majority of the other districts at the 4th and 8th grades in each subject.
Hatfield report can be read here:
One really has to wonder when the nation is going to realize that the privatization of schools in New Orleans has been a failure academically in addition to creating equity and access challenges for the mostly poor and minority population of New Orleans.
More importantly the education reforms in New Orleans is prove for the nation that the market model approach to improving public education touted by education reformers for years can’t work.
A foremr Dean of Students at a charter school in New Orleans describes how the charter school he worked in as Colonizing Black Natives
It is very clear that the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) is determined to mislead the public on the lack of academic progress of the corporate reforms they have created (charter and voucher schools). This article from the Washington Post reveals how the LDOE violated the law to continue its failed educational practices. Corrupt government at its worst.
More evidence of the charter school/voucher shell game with the lowest state scores on the ACT coming for the state run schools in New Orleans.
More on Jindal and White giving away your tax dollars
Once again Louisiana leading the pack in keeping the public out of public education.
When will the Louisiana Department of Education be held accountable for following their own policy?
More on the No Excuse Schools (KIPP) that have more than questionable discipline practices……unbelievable.
Education journalist Kari Harden recent article in the Louisiana Weekly which describes the unethical if not illegal use of a $800,000 federal grant awarded to John McDonogh Charter High School from New Schools for New Orleans. Ms. Harden’s article revealed that most of these funds awarded to John McDonogh Charter High School was used for unusually high salaries to members of the school’s charter management company and the school’s principal while the school struggled to survive financially.
Last year Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu, co-chair of the Senate Public Charter School Caucus in Washington, DC, hosted a forum for education policymakers. The forum featured the New Schools for New Orleans report New Orleans-Style Education Reform: A Guide for Cities. This report was be hailed as a “national” model for turning around urban school districts.
Attached is a response to this report from the Urban South Grassroots Research Collective which includes education scholars and those affiliated with longstanding educational and cultural organizations in New Orleans.
The response essay points out the fundamental flaws in the New Schools for New Orleans report and reveals many of failures and challenges facing poor and minority students.
Broader Bolder Approach to Education Study reports on the impacts of test-based teacher evaluations, school closures, and increased charter school access on student outcomes in New York, Chicago and Washington D.C.
There has been an extraordinary amount of media coverage of the unfound success of the education reforms (charter schools) in New Orleans. The corporate reforms PR machine has also been successful at ignoring the traditional schools under the control of the locally elected school board. After Hurricane Katrina and the state takeover of more than 100 schools, Orleans Parish School Board was left with it best performing schools (many of which had admission requirements). These schools reopened as charters and traditional run schools. The traditional run schools with admission requirements lowered standards accepted all students. Ignored and unnoticed these traditional schools has emerged as one of the most highly rated school district in the state.
At his New Orleans event, John Merrow admitted that he knew that New Orleans charter schools can have selective admission requirements, but chose not to reveal this in his film, “REBIRTH- New Orleans.i” The film cites the accomplishments of the New Orleans charter school movement, while neglecting to disclose that several New Orleans charter schools have selective admission and retention requirements, allowing the schools to educate only students who are not at-risk.
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Research on Reforms, Dr. Barbara Ferguson