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Walt Gardner



Walt Gardner taught in Los Angeles Unified School District for 28 years and was a lecturer at UCLA Graduate School of Education. Given this description perhaps it’s not surprising that he takes a decidedly anti-reform perspective on the blog – Walt Gardner’s Reality Check – he writes for Education Week.

Below is a Genius-annotated version of one his blog posts: “Are New Orleans Charter Schools a Model?”

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Genius-annotated version of “Are New Orleans Charter Schools a Model?”

New Orleans is not an all-charter school system, as many believe, but it still remains the focus of intense scrutiny because of claims made about the progress of schools since Katrina devastated the city. Trying to get to the truth about what has actually transpired, however, is tricky (” The Myth of the New Orleans School Makeover,” The New York Times, Aug.

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
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