Today, a brave and brilliant teacher in Louisiana joins the honor roll as a champion of public education.

Mercedes Schneider is a teacher in St. Tammany Parish. She has a Ph.D. In statistics and research methods.

When she learned about the latest claim of a miracle in New Orleans, she determined to check the facts. At a time when so many teachers are frightened and intimidated, she was fearless. At a time when teachers in Louisiana are losing tenure and any job protections, she proceeded to publish her findings.

Dr. Schneider read that Leslie Jacobs, one of the original promoters of the charter movement in New Orleans, issued a press release claiming that the graduation rate in New Orleans now leads not only the state but the nation. The achievement gap has closed, she crowed.

Here is Dr. Schneider’s analysis.