01 Dec 2010


New Orleans Resonance


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A former corporate financier with Boeing, Ben Kleban (MBA ’05) moved to New York, intending to open a charter school. After Hurricane Katrina struck, New Orleans’s dire need compelled Kleban to decamp to Louisiana, where he founded New Orleans College Prep (NOCP). Proficiency tests at NOCP show annual improvements of between 11 and 39 percent, earning the school widespread acclaim. London’s Sunday Telegraph (September 12, 2010) declared NOCP “part of the boldest experiment in education reform seen in the United States, and one with obvious resonance in Britain.”

NOCP advertises nationally for teachers and staff. Few are accepted but those who are are paid well. “The ability to hire the best is the single most important factor in our success,” said Kleban, who hopes to build a small network of schools. “We are using basic business practices. For too long, the public school system found excuses rather than being properly accountable to parents.”

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