Andre Perry

Commentator

Andre Perry, Ph.D. is a scholar, commentator and activist, and the Associate Director for Educational Initiatives for Loyola Institute for Quality and Equity in Education.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Perry earned his Ph.D. in education policy and leadership, with an emphasis in higher education, from the University of Maryland College Park. His research and teaching interests are college access and retention, charter schools and immigrant educational rights. He has published numerous scholarly and popular articles in those areas.

As a public intellectual, he advocates for quality public education. Perry’s views, opinions and educational leadership have been featured on National Public Radio and CNN.  Through his weekly newspaper column in The Louisiana Weekly, Perry provides political commentary on municipal governments and K-16 leadership and governance in Louisiana. He can also be heard on WWNO 89.9-FM during NPR’s All Things Considered.

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Andre Perry Commentary
4:46 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Running for School Board?

Charles Babbage said, “The public character of every public servant is legitimate subject of discussion, and his fitness or unfitness for office may be fairly canvassed by any person.”

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Andre Perry Commentary
4:50 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Be Nice or Leave

“Be Nice or Leave!” is a local adage that can be found almost everywhere in New Orleans on signature signs that are popularized by folk artist Dr. Bob. Plain and direct, the saying captures a chronic problem that locals have found a suitable solution to.

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Andre Perry Commentary
4:50 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Revenge of the Nerds

The firings at the Times-Picayune, the slashing of higher education budgets and the assault on local teachers must be placed in a larger context of management's waylay on anti-intellectualism and the noble professions.  Since the killing of Socrates, management — and specifically corporate resolution — have sought to eliminate the voices of cynicism and reason. But, hallelujah, I see the reemergence of the philosopher king on the horizon.

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Andre Perry Commentary
5:00 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Place Matters

In New Orleans, life expectancy varies by as much as 25 years depending on the zip code.  Living just a few miles away constitutes the difference in as much as 25 years.

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Andre Perry Commentary
4:57 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Media As Teacher

Dr. Andre Perry

This week I talked violence on a weekly radio show on a hip-hop/R&B commercial station that dubbed itself the “non-violent station.” The 30-minute segment offered evidence of its commitment to the moniker. The disk jockey and I exchanged ideas about the root causes of violence, and indubitably education (or lack thereof) surfaced as a prime source. After a solid 10 minutes of talk, the DJ transitioned to a musical intermission in which he played parts of “Kinda Like a Big Deal” by the Clipse. 

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Andre Perry Commentary
4:53 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Change at the Times Picayune

Moses delivered the word on two stone tablets. The town crier eventually lost his voice. Paper in and of itself is an antiquated medium. Yet many were shocked to hear that the paper's ownership plans to cut the city's only daily to three editions a week and expand their online offerings.

The means by which the Times-Picayune is distributed should change as society does. New Orleans is intensely diverse, and we should be more concerned if prevailing news outlets represent information accordingly.

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Andre Perry Commentary
5:00 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

14,000

Try to picture 14,000 youth.

Fourteen thousand exceeds the number of registered students at Tulane and the University of New Orleans. It’s a greater number than the combined enrollments of Loyola, Dillard and Xavier Universities. Fourteen thousand youth is about a third of the total number of students that attend public schools in Orleans Parish. The number is approximately 4000 seats shy of a full house at a Hornets game. If a company hired 14,000 youth it would be the largest employer in the city.

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Andre Perry Commentary
5:00 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

On Black Leadership

If our political fights barely rise above the embarrassing displays of violence within the communities that officials are supposedly serving, then it’s time for a radical change in representation.

At the May 15 Orleans Parish School Board meeting, black angst sparked among fellow members around matters of disrespect in the naming of an interim superintendent. After a round of feinting punches, the board voted along black and non-black lines to name an interim.

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Andre Perry Commentary
5:00 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Pomp and Circumstance

It’s that time of year when Edward Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 is played to the delight of millions of graduates in high school and college. The selection of a march is appropriate given that students must face a certain rise in college tuition and an antagonistic job market. For good or for bad, the credentials of a high school diploma and college degree pave a one-lane bridge to economic and social independence.

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Andre Perry Commentary
5:14 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

The Protection of Schools

Andre Perry discusses how the New Orleans community can look to our schools for lessons about safety.

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