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Born on the Bayou - A New Model for American Education

by David Osborne

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Can education reform work? Can it deliver the goods in a meaningful way and make the lives of children appreciably better?

New Orleans embarked on the nation’s greatest education experiment in over a century after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. They reimagined the structure of their schools and replaced it with a system that is almost 100% public charter schools. The results…? Stunning. Better grades, higher scores, more graduates, clearer paths to college.

This report, authored by David Osborne—the father of Reinventing Government—explains what happened in New Orleans and how it could be a model for the rest of the nation.

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