The 10-year observance of Hurricane Katrina is now behind us. With it are the evaluations and arguments about the decade-long education reform in Louisiana and whether or not the reforms worked.
Ann Duplessis, president of the Louisiana Federation for Children, says Louisiana parents have embraced the reforms that have transformed the state’s education landscape.
“Fifteen or 20 years ago we would never have been in a position where families talked about having better educational outcomes for children,” said Duplessis.
“It has been quite rewarding to see moms, dads and grandparents talking about the education that their kids are getting. They understand what a good education ought to look like. And when it isn’t meeting their expectations, how to choose a different outcome.”
Ann Duplessis is a former state legislator where she served on the Senate Education Committee and fought successfully to expand educational options for Louisiana’s children by authoring and supporting numerous pieces of school choice legislation. Duplessis resides in New Orleans and remains active in numerous civic activities.