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Andre Perry's book on New Orleans education reform attracts attention

March 22, 2013

Andre Perry, Ph.D., associate director for educational initiatives at Loyola University New Orleans, won praise in The Washington Post this month for his book on education reform, “The Garden Path: The Miseducation of a City.” In the book, Perry uses a narrative to illustrate the real-life tensions involved in post-Katrina education reform in New Orleans.

“There are so many lessons public education advocates can learn from the book and Perry’s experiences in New Orleans. It is an easy read, and through simple storylines centering around the CEO, an innovative young black teacher and two star students who discover their voice, he gets at critical but underexplored questions around education reform, race and culture,” according to The Washington Post article.

Perry’s “The Garden Path” makes observations about school reform that are staggeringly similar to Washington, D.C., New York and other city school systems experiencing radical changes, according to the article.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Perry earned his doctorate in education policy and leadership from the University of Maryland College Park. His research and teaching interests are college access and retention, charter schools and immigrant educational rights.

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