Op-Ed: The New Orleans Experiment in School Reform: Lessons Learned

by Scott Cowen | Huffington Post
As another school year begins, the annual question arises: what are we going to do about our schools? Every president since Truman has made education a top priority, including President Obama, whose "Race to the Top" incentivizes communities to improve their schools. But despite the efforts of the current and past presidents, none have been able to significantly improve K-12 school performance on a sustained basis.

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Letter to the Editor: Teaching’s Human Touch

by Scott Cowen | New York Times
David L. Kirp makes the mistake, common in the charter versus traditional school wars, of impugning the motives of education reformers. Look at the reformers who descended on New Orleans after Katrina — including idealistic Teach for America recruits, established charter organizations like KIPP, and independent visionaries like Ben Marcovitz, founder of Sci Academy, a successful charter.

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Book Reading & Signing Dates

Join Scott Cowen where he will be discussing and signing his newly published book, The Inevitable City: The Resurgence of New Orleans and the Future of Urban America. Engage in a discussion with Dr. Cowen about his book and its themes, which include leadership, Hurricane Katrina and the rebirth of Tulane and New Orleans.

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Op-Ed: New Orleans Citizens Reform a Corrupt, Fallen City

by Scott Cowen | Wall Street Journal
A fighting grass-roots spirit has sparked most of the positive changes in the nine years since Katrina. The Big Easy's reputation for indulgence and permissiveness has historically created the perception that the city is a great getaway but not necessarily a great place to live or conduct business. That image was exacerbated by the July 9 sentencing of former Mayor Ray Nagin to 10 years in federal prison for wire fraud, influence-peddling and money laundering. Yet that dispiriting news seemed to come from another era in New Orleans, perhaps the last gasp of the corruption, mismanagement and general ethical malaise that had afflicted the city for at least the last century.

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Scott Cowen May Be Leaving Tulane, but His Legacy Will Be Felt for Years to Come

by Brandon Faske, Huffington Post
Scott Cowen's last day as Tulane University president has come to an end, but his footprint, befitting of the more than 6-foot-tall former football player and U.S. army service member, will always loom large over the university.

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Scott Cowen brought Tulane back after Katrina, but only after conquering uncertainty

By John Pope, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
Late one restless night in early September 2005, Scott Cowen was alone in the fitness room of a Houston hotel, plodding along on a treadmill and gazing at the television. Before him were images of Hurricane Katrina's devastation, including New Orleans area neighborhoods flooded by the levee failures, as well as thousands of hungry, helpless people who had spent days marooned along Convention Center Boulevard, waiting for rescue.

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Tulane Magazine – Something Extraordinary

by Millie Ball | Tulane Magazine
The best of times, the worst of times and everything in between marked the tenure of President Scott Cowen.

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