“Research on Reforms – New Orleans Schools” was incorporated after Hurricane Katrina of 2005 for the purpose of researching the outcomes of the state takeover of the public schools. Following the state takeover, 107 of New Orleans 120 schools became charter schools. The Louisiana charter school law that was in existence at the time of the hurricane did not allow for such an extensive takeover. However, six weeks after the hurricane, the Lousiana legislature passed Act 35, which amended the charter school law and created the mandate for taking-over, or transferring, 107 schools from local jurisdiction to state control.
Louisiana law defines charter schools as an “experiment,” and requires the results of this experiment to be analyzed. The Department of Education is tasked with analyzing the results. Additionally, numerous independent researchers, including “Research on Reforms,” analyzed the charter school experiment and produced findings, as contained in this website.