‘Normal’ a Long Way Off for Schools in Louisiana
For now, it appears that both the New Orleans district, the state’s largest, and the nearby St. Bernard public schools could be largely out of commission for the whole school year, state Superintendent Cecil J. Picard said last week. With officials estimating that more than 230,000 public and private school students from Louisiana had been displaced by the storm. Mr. Picard said it was unclear how many would ultimately return to their original communities and schools.
Louisiana was struggling last week to pick up the educational pieces after its pounding by Hurricane Katrina. Major efforts were under way statewide to place evacuated students in schools, while battered, flood-damaged districts began to assess their situation and plan for repairs and rebuilding.
“I hope that they will all come home,” Mr. Picard said. “The reality is...
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