CHARTER SCHOOL CITY: WHAT DETROIT CAN LEARN FROM NEW ORLEANS MARKET-BASED SCHOOL REFORMS
The changes in New Orleans schools after Hurricane Katrina represent the most radical school reform in the nation’s history. The state took over almost all schools and turned them over to private charter school operators working under performance-based contracts. Teachers no longer worked under union contracts or with tenure protections. School attendance zones were eliminated. These market-based school reforms increased accountability, school autonomy, and parental choice in ways not seen in more than a century of American public schooling. DOUGLAS HARRIS will show that the reforms led to considerable improvement in a wide range of student outcomes. The implications are more complicated than what they might seem, however. Harris will explain the surprising lessons of the New Orleans experience for Detroit and other cities, for the role of markets and governments, and for the future of public education.
Monday, October 15, 2018, 7 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Mary E. Marburger Science and Engineering Auditorium (S100)
Science Building, Lawrence Technological University
Douglas Harris is a professor of economics and the Schleider Foundation Chair in Public Education
at Tulane University. He is the founding director of both the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans and the newly formed National Center for Research on Education Access and Choice (REACH). Harris has become known for taking on controversial topics with rigorous evidence, highlighting uncomfortable realities, and studying novel solutions. His nearly 100 publications are regularly cited in the national media. His recent work has been mentioned in both The New York Times and The New Yorker. His book, “Value-Added Measures in Education” was nominated for the national Grawemeyer Award. He is currently working on a new book about the New Orleans school reforms. Harris is a former Lawrence Tech student, born and raised in Royal Oak. His Father, Dr. Stanley Harris, is a former Lawrence Tech faculty member.
The Harold Hotelling Memorial Lecture Series was founded to honor an esteemed scholar and colleague. Harold Hotelling (1945–2009) joined Lawrence Tech as an associate professor of economics in 1989 and taught courses in business law, business ethics, constitutional law, urban social issues, and law
and economics. His life was marked by an unwavering dedication to his family, his church, his students, and his profession. Everyone who knew him benefited from his keen intellect, tireless devotion, quick wit, and wonderful sense of humor. Hotelling’s contributions to Lawrence Tech will always be remembered, but more importantly, he will be remembered as a great person and a dear friend.