New Orleans, LA Author Publishes Book on Local Schools

June 06, 2018 (PRLEAP.COM) Entertainment News
Outcomes of the State Takeover of New Orleans Schools, a new book by Dr. Barbara Ferguson, has been released by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.

In 2005 the Louisiana education board took over 107 of New Orleans's 120 schools due to performance scores below the state average. Most of the schools were converted to charter schools.

Although this takeover was perceived by the public to be a great success, Dr. Barbara Ferguson, a product of the New Orleans public school system herself, looks at the inequalities that resulted from the takeover. While public schools were required to educate all at-risk youth, the charter schools were able to expel or remove many of them, denying opportunities to many young people.

Dr. Ferguson provides recommendations for how to move forward by keeping what works and focusing on implementing policies based upon sound research on how students learn.

About the Author
Dr. Barbara Ferguson had a long career in education, including as a teacher, an elementary principal, a high school principal, and a superintendent. She has a doctorate in education, as well as a juris doctorate. As an elementary school principal, she took one of the lowest performing of eighty-five elementary schools in New Orleans and helped it get into the top ten. She also worked as the Assistant Superintendent for Research and Development in the Louisiana Department of Education, and as a Deputy Secretary in the Department of Labor.

She has two children: one is an elementary school principal and one is a physician.

Outcomes of the State Takeover of New Orleans Schools is a 122-page paperback with a retail price of $13.00. The ISBN is 978-1-4809-5764-0. It was published by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For more information, or to request a review copy, please go to our virtual pressroom at or our online bookstore

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