As we all know, New Orleans has been presented as a national model of school reform: eliminate public schools, open lots of charters staffed by inexperienced young teachers, watch for miraculous results.

But now a major promoter of the all-charter model–the Cowen Institute at Tulane University– has released a brutally frank report saying that things are not really working as hyped.

Kudos to the researchers at Cowen for their candor.

66% of the New Orleans charters are rated D or F, so parents don’t really have enough good choices, the report admits. It seems that the all-charter model does not produce the transformation advertised by Kopp, Rhee, White, Jindal, Duncan, ALEC, et al,