The State of Public Education in New Orleans

10 Years After Hurricane Katrina

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About This Report

Since its founding in 2007, the Cowen Institute at Tulane University has sought to chronicle and analyze the public education reforms underway in New Orleans. Annually, The State of Public Education in New Orleans has served as the Institute’s flagship publication to inform the public, including parents, legislators, and city residents, about the impact the public education transformation has had on students, educators, and schools. This retrospective edition of the report includes data and analysis from the past ten years, providing historical context, as well as examination of the issues that will become crucial to address in the years to come.

This year’s report also can be viewed through this interactive website that includes additional features not found in the print report. The most significant of these is a series of videos with sixteen influential education and political leaders. The Cowen Institute conducted interviews with these leaders and asked them to mark the ten-year anniversary by reflecting on the city’s education system before and after Hurricane Katrina. We have created a montage video highlighting these interviews which can be viewed here. You can also view their full interviews here. Another new feature is an interactive historical timeline that documents the evolution of education in New Orleans from 1718 to the present. You can view the timeline here. Additionally, the site also contains a page that highlights what makes New Orleans unique, which highlights the key takeaways we hope you get from our report. To read the report, click here or scroll down to view the table of contents.

This report was made possible through the generous support of Avie and Jill Glazer.

Special Features

Read the Report Online

View the interactive PDF Online.

What makes New Orleans unique?

Key Takeaways from New Orleans

Reflections on Public Education in New Orleans

Video interviews with 16 leaders.

An Interactive Timeline of New Orleans Public Education: