The Cowen Institute releases 2014 State of Public Education in New Orleans Report

| August 6, 2014

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An Intern’s Perspective: Nicholas Suellentrop

| December 6, 2012

Each semester, the Cowen Institute hosts Tulane undergraduates that are completing their required internship through the Center for Public Service. This is a guest post written by a research intern offering up his perspective on his experience, some of his most important research findings, and his thoughts on public education in New Orleans.

An Intern’s Perspective: Paul Luczak

| July 13, 2012

Each semester, the Cowen Institute hosts college students interested in K-12 public education in New Orleans. This is a guest post written by a research intern offering up his perspective on his experience, some of his most important research findings, and his thoughts on public education in New Orleans.

A True OneApp for New Orleans

| June 19, 2012

The Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) is poised to vote tonight on a resolution in support of working with the Recovery School District (RSD) to create a single, citywide application process for public school enrollment. This is a critical step towards ensuring a fair, transparent, and equitable public school system in New Orleans.

An Intern’s Perspective: Amy Holiday

| May 11, 2012

I come from a family of educators and have spent my four years in New Orleans getting involved with as much of the “Great Education Experiment” here as possible. So the opportunity to intern this semester with the Cowen Institute was obviously a really exciting one for me, and a great way to cap off […]

An Intern’s Perspective: Hunter Kramer

| May 2, 2012

Each semester, the Cowen Institute hosts Tulane undergraduates that are completing their required internship through the Center for Public Service. This is a guest post written by a research intern offering up his perspective on his experience, some of his most important research findings, and his thoughts on public education in New Orleans.

An Intern’s Perspective: Charlie Crosby

| May 2, 2012

Each semester, the Cowen Institute hosts Tulane undergraduates that are completing their required internship through the Center for Public Service. This is a guest post written by a research intern offering up his perspective on his experience, some of his most important research findings, and his thoughts on public education in New Orleans.

Private Schools & Choice: How H.B. 976 Expands the New Orleans Voucher Pilot Program Statewide

| April 9, 2012

Last Thursday, April 5th, we released a new report in our Spotlight on Choice project that looks at the role of private schools in the New Orleans system of school choice through the Student Scholarships for Education Excellence (or, “voucher”) pilot program. That same day, the Louisiana House of Representatives gave final approval to legislation creating a new statewide publicly-funded private school voucher program. The crux of the statewide voucher program remains the same as the pilot program in New Orleans, providing low and moderate income families public funding to attend a private school instead of a poor performing public school. However, there are also several important differences. In this blog post, we’ve outlined the similarities and differences between the New Orleans pilot program and the new statewide program.

What Makes a Great School Truly Great?

| March 1, 2012

Just before Mardi Gras, the Recovery School District (RSD) released its new annual school Equity Report. The Equity Report is one of the RSD’s commitments to New Orleans outlined last August, and the goal of the new report is to measure and make transparent the “things that make a great school truly great.”

Grading New Orleans on School Choice

| December 19, 2011

In November 2011, the Brookings Institution introduced an interactive web application called the Education Choice and Competition Index (ECCI), which rated the top 25 largest school districts on policies and practices related to school choice. Despite being on the forefront of the movement toward school choice, New Orleans was not one of the school systems included in the ECCI due to its relatively small size. I decided to use the scoring guide to the ECCI to calculate my own grade for New Orleans.

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