What We’re Watching: Katrina’s Silver Lining



By Education Next 02/17/2011

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This 10-minute video produced by Reason.tv has the subtitle “The School Choice Revolution in New Orleans. ”

From Reason.tv:

Before hurricane Katrina ravaged the city in 2005, New Orleans had one of the worst performing public school districts in the nation… Today, New Orleans has the most market-based school system in the US. 60% of New Orleans students currently attend charter schools, test scores are up, and talented and passionate educators from around the country are flocking to New Orleans to be a part of the education revolution. It’s too early to tell if the New Orleans experiment in school choice will succeed over the long term, but for the first time in decades people are optimistic about the future of New Orleans schools.

An article appearing in the Spring 2011 issue of Ed Next, “New Schools in New Orleans,” by Jed Horne, looks at what’s next for the schools of New Orleans.

For background on the story, please see “Hope After Katrina,” by Kathryn Newmark and Veronique de Rugy, and “In the Wake of the Storm,” by Michael B. Henderson.




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