Character education tied to academic achievement, New Orleans panelists say

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Monday, July 29, 2013

The debate about New Orleans education reform typically focuses on standardized tests, accountability and teacher assessment. But a panel Thursday highlighted an element that gets less notice in the world at large but is obvious to anyone walking into one of New Orleans' many charter schools: character education -- an endeavor all the more crucial, reformers say, in a city where schools take on the role of helping kids rise out of poverty.

The event was run by the Partnership for Youth Development, a nonprofit with support from both large education reform funders such as the Wallace Foundation and local groups such as the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation.

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