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February 26, 2021

My Complete, Unedited Review of Doug Harris’ Book, Charter School City

In January 2020, Commonweal Magazine asked me to review Doug Harris’ book about New Orleans charter schools, Charter School City. I completed my review in February 2020, but with the pandemic, my review was not published until November 2020. As so often happens in publication, the review I submitted was pared down considerably, which editors […]

August 24, 2020

Doug Harris’ Book, Charter School City ((Shaking My Head))

Education Research Alliance of New Orleans (ERA) founder Doug Harris has published a book about the primarily-post-Katrina charterization of New Orleans public schools, Charter School City (University of Chicago Press, July 2020). Harris’ book is endorsed by Former US ed sec Arne Duncan: “The schools in New Orleans have gotten better faster than perhaps any […]

July 24, 2018

Challenging Doug Harris to a Follow-Up Study Isolating OPSB and RSD Outcomes for New Orleans Schools

In a July 15, 2018, study on market-ed reform in New Orleans, researchers Doug Harris and Matthew Larsen combined data on two sets of New Orleans schools: those not taken over by the state and remaining with the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB), and those taken over by the state to form the Recovery School […]

January 19, 2015

Doug Harris’ June 2015, New Orleans Charter Event Wants Less Tulane Influence and More Community Voice

In June 2015, Tulane economics professor and Education Research Alliance (ERA) founder Doug Harris will (now) offer the public the opportunity to attend his three-day conference on “lessons from New Orleans ten years after Hurricane Katrina.” He promises “the first balanced and comprehensive look at the New Orleans education experience and its effects.” He also […]

January 18, 2015

My Thoughts on Doug Harris’ January 15, 2015, New Orleans Community Meeting

Tulane economics professor Doug Harris is the founder of Education Research Alliance (ERA), an “initiative” housed on the seventh floor of Tulane’s school of medicine (1555 Poydras Street, New Orleans) with the Cowen Institute and other pro-privatization organizations, such as Michelle Rhee’s The New Teacher Project (TNTP) and Sarah Usdin’s New Schools for New Orleans (NSNO)– Usdin […]

January 7, 2015

VAM-promoting Doug Harris’ Vision for La.’s School Performance Scores

Economics professor Douglas Harris is a mysteriously-“Endowed Chair of Public Education” at Tulane University in Louisiana. He has written a book on value-added modeling (VAM), which he believes works in public education. He believes that “a year’s worth” of student learning can be predicted using linear, statistical algorithms and that such a prediction can be certainly […]

January 15, 2015

Commentary on Harris and Larsen’s New Orleans OneApp Report, What Schools Do Families Want (And Why)?

On January 15, 2015, Education Research Alliance (ERA) founder Doug Harris and Tulane post-doctoral fellow Matthew Larsen published a study (and technical report) in which they analyze 2013-14 data primarily procured via the New Orleans open enrollment process known as OneApp. The name of the study is What Schools Do Families Want (And Why)? Here are some observations about their […]

July 19, 2018

Almost-All-Charter New Orleans: Not “A Better Way to Run Schools.

On July 15, 2018, New York Times columnist David Leohardt posted an opinion piece entitled, “A Better way to Run Schools,” in which he features post-Katrina, almost-all-charter New Orleans schools as a model of the “power of giving more freedom to teachers and principals — and then holding them accountable for their performance.” Sounds great, doesn’t […]

August 3, 2015

A Remarkable Piece of Journalism on Post-Katrina New Orleans School “Reform” Community Disenfranchisement

I do believe I just read the best piece of journalism to date regarding the stunning community disenfranchisement brought about by test-driven school reform in post-Katrina New Orleans. Published on August 03, 2015, in Salon, the article is entitled, “Reform” makes Broken New Orleans Schools Worse: Race, Charters, testing, and the Real Story After Katrina,”  and it […]

June 20, 2015

The True Mis-measurement of Education

On Friday, June 19, 2015, I spent the day attending the Educational Research Alliance (ERA) conference in New Orleans. The title of the conference is The Urban Education Future? Lessons from New Orleans Ten Years After Katrina. ERA Director Doug Harris, who I have written about more than once and with varied degrees of trust and acceptance, […]