In the struggle to recover Post-Katrina, the New Orleans public education system was transformed from a single board-operated system to three sperate entitie: The Orleans Parish School Board, the state-operated Recovery School District and an increased number of independent charter schools. The increasing state leadership and privatization of local schools have resulted in an unprecedented experiment in urban education. With the inauguration of the Loyola Institute for Quality and Equity in Education, Loyola University New Orleans will link local and nationally recognized researchers with school policymakers and community stakeholders to pursue the research critical to understanding, evaluating, and assessing policy issues that arise with schools choice.
The Institute aims to demonstrate through empirical research that equity and educational quality in urban centers are standards that need not be in opposition. Rather, the Institute suggests that quality and equity are complementary values that distinguish good schools whose students increasingly come from diverse racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds.
The Institute is administered as an entity of the College of Social Sciences at Loyola University New Orleans under the direction of its dean, Dr. Luis Miron and Dr. Andre Perry, in cooperation with faculty from several disciplines, including political science faculty member Dr. Peter Burns.