Are Charters the Reason New Orleans' Schools Are Succeeding?

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Are Charters the Reason New Orleans' Schools Are Succeeding? Are Charters the Reason New Orleans' Schools Are Succeeding?
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Are Charters the Reason New Orleans' Schools Are Succeeding?

by Learning Matters

December 23, 2012

When my colleagues and I began reporting on New Orleans' public schools just weeks after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, I had no idea that such a remarkable story would emerge. In the seven years since the devastation, the city's public schools have been transformed—from a failing system where not even one-third of 8th graders in New Orleans could pass a state reading test, to a school district composed mostly of charter schools that, taken together, outpaces every other district in Louisiana. Reporting from schools, homes and board meetings, we witnessed mistakes and outright failures but also great accomplishments.

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