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“What Schools Do Parents Want (And Why)?”: New Report Focuses on Changes in School Choices in New Orleans

January 7, 2015

Education Research Alliance for New Orleans to release first in series of studies on post-Katrina NOLA schools

Media Advisory

NEW ORLEANS — On Jan. 15, the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans will publicly release a report on how parents’ school choices have changed over the past 10 years, as the city has undergone rebuilding following Hurricane Katrina. The report will be the first in a series of studies that will analyze various education topics—especially the roles of school choice, charter schools, accountability, and teachers—and highlight the transformation of education in New Orleans leading up to the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in August.

Written by Douglas N. Harris and Matthew Larsen of the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans, the presentation of the findings will be followed by a panel discussion of parents led by Orleans Public Education Network (OPEN) and community organization New Orleans Parents’ Guide. “What Schools Do Parents Want (And Why)?” — an extensive analysis of parental preferences — will add vital information to the national discussion about school choice. The report includes facts and figures on what parents want most in their children’s schools, how parental choice is influenced by education policies, and other lessons learned from a city that has drastically changed its public education system.

REPORT RELEASE EVENT DETAILS What: Release of “What Schools Do Parents Want (And Why)?” and parent panel discussion When: Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, 6–8 p.m. CST Where: Treme Recreation Community Center, 900 N. Villere St., New Orleans, LA 70116 The event also will be accessible via live stream at

GAIN EARLY ACCESS TO THE REPORT: Approved media representatives can gain early access to embargoed materials on Monday, Jan. 12, at 10 a.m. CST. Access must be requested. Please contact Kelly Selong at 571-814-3433 or

ARRANGE INTERVIEWS WITH THE REPORT’S AUTHOR: Contact Kelly Selong at 571-814-3433 or for interviews or other requests.