U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., co-chair of the Senate Public Charter School Caucus, today hosted a forum for key education policy makers about how cities across the country can learn from New Orleans education reform efforts. At the briefing, she introduced the New Orleans-Style Education Reform: A Guide for Cities, which is authored by New Schools for New Orleans (NSNO) and Public Impact. The guide outlines lessons learned in the nation's first charter school district and offers insights for other cities wishing to dramatically alter the expectations and outcomes of public education.
"With its new Guide for Cities, New Schools for New Orleans is doing the important work of sharing lessons learned throughout the transformation of New Orleans' public schools. Through a relentless focus on accountability, human capital and charter school development, New Orleans has become a national leader in education reform," Sen. Landrieu said. "New Schools for New Orleans has come to Capitol Hill to tell the story of how one city is making dramatic gains in student achievement by reimagining public education. I hope that this story and the Guide for Cities will inspire and equip other cities to follow New Orleans' lead."
U.S. Department of Education Assistant Deputy Secretary in the Office of Innovation and Improvement Jim Shelton, America Achieves Executive Chairman and Co-Founder Jon Schnur and NSNO Chief Strategy Officer Neerav Kingsland also joined Sen. Landrieu in leading the discussion.
"While no publication can completely capture the cumulative efforts of New Orleans educators, we hope this guide will offer a practical resource to other cities considering charter-based strategies," said Kingsland. "The New Orleans story is really one of transferring power back to educators and parents--to date, this had led to incredible gains in student learning. It is our belief that the strategies we have taken in New Orleans are transferable to other cities across the country, and we hope this guide can support other cities in empowering their best educators to achieve significant gains in student achievement."
The publication was produced as part of an Innovation (i3) grant won by New Schools for New Orleans, Louisiana's Recovery School District and Tennessee's Achievement School District that Sen. Landrieu supported. The grant funds a five-year project, "Scaling the New Orleans Charter Restart Model," which seeks to expand New Orleans' charter model and apply it to other struggling urban school districts.