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Celeste Lay



J. Celeste Lay is an associate professor of political science at Tulane University focused on American politics and public policy. Although she has no formal relationship with the public school system and has not been involved in New Orleans public schools, Lay has been an outspoken – if infrequent – critic of the education reforms in the city.

I wrote a response to an inflammatory opinion piece on Lay wrote in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution denigrating New Orleans’ school reforms.

Click the link below to read my response.

Opinion: New Orleans is model of oversight, accountability, and cooperation

Peter Cook is a former teacher and administrator who worked in New Orleans public schools both before and after Hurricane Katrina. He now works as a consultant helping districts transform their organizations to better serve the needs of low-income students. You can find him on Twitter: @petercook.

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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Peter C. Cook
Peter C. Cook @petercook
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