There’s some good stuff in this full report on The State of Public Education in New Orleans 2012 by the Cowen Institute ~ clndstnNEW ORLEANS — A new report says the Louisiana Recovery School District, which runs most New Orleans public schools, has undertaken a much needed effort to transform the city’s chronically failing high schools by turning them over to charter groups, phasing them out or closing them.The report by Tulane University’s Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives was released Tuesday. The policy institute at Tulane takes an annual look at the progress and problems of public education in New Orleans.The report also credits the RSD with improving efforts at providing information to parents by opening Parent-Family Resource Centers. And it says a new centralized enrollment system that lets families use a single application to apply for their top three school choices is a much needed improvement.via Report examines New Orleans schools progress, problems.]]