Fact-Checking Kristen Buras’ Flood of Lies Objective Truth Drowns in Georgia State University Professor's Attack on New Orleans Schools

In the past few years, Georgia State University professor Kristen Buras1 has tried to make a name for herself by bashing the progress made in New Orleans’ public school system since Hurricane Katrina. She recently reached a new low with an article she wrote for The Progressive entitled, “Charter Schools Flood New Orleans.” For those…


Thank You, Stan OPSB Interim Superintendent is a thankless job, that's why we owe Stan Smith a debt of gratitude

While we’re told “the cream always rises to the top,” when one considers the rogues’ gallery of corrupt and/or incompetent public officials who have brought disgrace to New Orleans over the years, it’s not unreasonable to believe the opposite is true in the Crescent City. In fact, New Orleanians have become so inured to failures…

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Cowen Institute Adds Insult To Injury [Updated: 1/16/15] Tulane Names Outspoken Education Reform Critic As Interim Executive Director

UPDATE – 1/16/15: Matt Bailey responded to this post in the comments, which in the interest of fairness, deserves top billing: “My comments were ill-informed and incorrect. I made them at a time when I did not fully understand the charter school movement in the context of the landscape of public education in New Orleans….


My LFT Survey on Teacher Evaluation The School Accountability Commission Should Make Common Sense Changes To Compass, Not Lower The Bar

Last week, Will Sentell at The Advocate reported that a panel appointed by the Legislature to review Louisiana’s teacher evaluation system is gearing up to recommend a series of changes that could seriously undermine efforts to ensure every child has an effective teacher. The 17-member School Accountability Commission began its review back in October and…