Education think tank head quits after flawed study
NEW ORLEANS - A Tulane University institute that studies New Orleans public education changes that followed Hurricane Katrina has announced the resignation of its executive director.
The resignation of John Ayers comes weeks after the Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives retracted a study on New Orleans high schools. The study indicated that the city's public high schools appeared to be exceeding expectations for the education of students suffering various disadvantages.
The institute later withdrew the study, saying its methodology was flawed.
Ayers' resignation is effective Nov. 30. The announcement gave no reason for the resignation.
A statement from former Tulane President Scott Cowen, a founder of the institute, said chief operating officer Matt Bailey will serve as interim executive director.