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Policy Futures in Education

NEARLY TEN YEARS AFTER: examining education reform post-Katrina
Guest Editor: LUIS MIRÓN, Loyola University New Orleans, USA

It has been almost 10 years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast region of the USA, wreaking in its path billions of dollars of damage and flooding 80% of buildings and homes in New Orleans. At the same time education activists, civic elites, and policymakers seized upon this crisis largely inflicted by the failures of the levee system, to enact unprecedented school reform measures. Today nearly all of the public schools in New Orleans are charter schools, semi privately led entities, which enjoy considerable autonomy to redesign curricula, contract with outside vendors to fiscally manage and operate the schools, hire and fire teachers and school leaders, and set pay scales largely as they see fit. As the New Orleans model gains traction nationally, this near-tenth anniversary of the storm presents an ideal opportunity to assess on balance, whether or not these reform have largely benefited or hurt students, their families, and the communities that their schools serve.

This Special Issue of Policy Futures in Education ( proposes to examine nearly a decade following Hurricane Katrina, both the educational and social consequences of the devastating man-made disaster, as well as its symbolic meaning. In particular the selection of invited articles will seek to analytically assess the claims of proponents and opponents of school reform and ‘ universal school choice.’ The latter includes the proliferation of charter schools, which, collectively, comprise nearly 90% of all public schools in New Orleans. Nearly Ten Years After will also seek to determine theoretically what these reforms and their long-term societal consequences might mean for specific populations.

The substantive issues that this special issue will address include but are not limited to the following:
– Quantitative and qualitative impacts on student achievement.
– The effects of ‘universal choice’ on students and families.
– The use of MGOs (management governance organizations).
– Privatization
– Unionization/collective bargaining
– National/international implications of the New Orleans model
– Spatial dynamics (geographical)
– Comparative case studies (e.g. Detroit and New Orleans)
– Neo-liberal trends
– African-American diaspora
– The meaning of ‘public education’
– The future of school reform

Deadline for the final draft of your paper is January 6, 2014. However, if you would find it helpful, please send a draft of your article by November 15, and the Guest Editor will provide feedback for any suggested revisions.

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