Divided New Orleans Board Debates Reopening Schools
In trying to reopen schools after Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans school board is contending not only with issues of money and safety, but also with more of the dissension and racially charged politics that have marked its business for years.
Board members interviewed last week disagreed on whether a plan was in place to reopen perhaps a dozen schools in the West Bank neighborhood on Nov. 1. Some board members also tried this month to replace the district’s acting superintendent, a move that was quashed amid accusations of racism.
The seven-member board’s vice president, Lourdes Moran, sighed last week as she assessed the state of...
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