Tuesday, June 12, 2012

New Orleans slides and the Experiment

 STOP THE PRESSES! Check out the attached 7 slides with data from New Orleans, showing the incredible improvements post-Katrina and rebutting the argument (such as this one: http://shankerblog.org/?p=5695) that it's due to less disadvantaged kids.  I'm more excited than ever for the showing of The Experiment on the 21st and the panel afterward. Speaking of which:


·        I'm delighted to report that the first superintendent of New Orleans schools after Katrina, Paul Vallas, is joining the panel.  He's now interim superintendent of the Bridgeport Public Schools and, prior to New Orleans, was CEO of Chicago Public Schools and the School District of Philadelphia.

·        The 350 seats sold out in only a few hours, so I booked the adjacent smaller theater, where The Experiment will be shown simultaneously and where the panel discussion will be simulcast.  People in the adjacent theater will be able to ask questions since we'll be doing then via notecards that I'll read.  To RSVP, go to: http://theexperimentscreeningnyc.eventbrite.com/.  Again, don't delay, as I expect this theater to sell out quickly as well.


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