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My Interview With Citizen Stewart on Rock The Schools Chris Stewart and I Sit Down To Discuss the Past, Present & Future of NOLA Schools

A couple weeks ago, I had the honor of sitting down with blogger, activist, and New Orleans native Chris Stewart (a.k.a., Citizen Stewart) in an interview for his podcast, Rock The Schools.

Over the course of our conversation, we reflected on the progress New Orleans has made in public education since Hurricane Katrina and the challenges we encountered along the way, as well as discussed what the future holds for the city’s schools.

Among the big questions we addressed:

  • Why do reform critics dispute data that show schools have improved?
  • How has the Recovery School District (RSD) evolved since 2005?
  • How has NOLA’s decentralized school system fostered innovation?
  • What happened with the teacher layoffs after Katrina?
  • Is Bricolage Academy a preview of things to come?
  • Why are so many progressives critical of education reform (and how do teachers unions influence the debate)?

You can hear our conversation by clicking the button below:

…or, better yet, subscribe to the Rock The Schools podcast on iTunes by clicking the logo below:

I’d like to send a special thanks to Chris for inviting me to be a guest on his show. Be sure to check out his blog at or follow him on Twitter: @citizenstewart.

Written by Peter Cook

Pete became involved in education reform as a 2002 Teach For America corps member in New Orleans Public Schools and has worked in various capacities at Teach For America, KIPP, TNTP, and the Recovery School District. As a consultant, he developed teacher evaluation systems and served as a strategic advisor to school district leaders in Cleveland, Nashville, Chattanooga, and Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. He now writes about education policy and politics and lives in New Orleans.


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