Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans Schools

The latest news about Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans schools, including articles, Commentaries, and special features.

The Re-Education of New Orleans

No other American city has experienced as much upheaval to public schooling than New Orleans has in the decade since Hurricane Katrina. Education Week reporters and visual journalists went to New Orleans and Houston to interview parents, students, and educators and explore the evolution of the city’s unorthodox school system. (September 22, 2015)

Past Coverage

This timeline covers Education Week’s archive coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its effects on schools.


2005-2008: Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, a collection of our coverage

2006: Katrina’s Castaways, a four-part series

2007-2008: New Orleans Recovery and Reform, a special series

2010: Katrina: Five Years Later, a look back

2016: The Re-Education of New Orleans, an extensive project

Urban Education: Lessons From New Orleans Blog

12/13 10:56 am | The Betsy DeVos Agenda: What the Evidence Says | My recent New York Times op-ed and a longer version of the piece that appeared in Education Next seem to have sparked a raucous debate over DeVos and her ideas. I'm glad ...

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After more than 10 years under state authority, the city's public schools—most of them charters—will be supervised by the locally elected school board.
May 18, 2016 – Education Week
Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, the head of New Orleans' Recovery School District, Patrick Dobard, describes how the city is transforming its schools.
August 26, 2015 – Education Week
Former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu: The New Orleans charter school experience offers a model in upending racial inequity.
August 26, 2015 – Education Week
A group started by former Teach For America members helps novices navigate the cultural and instructional challenges they face in the city's schools.
April 24, 2013 – Education Week
With dozens of charter schools, the Crescent City had dozens of different discipline policies.
February 20, 2013 – Education Week
Other school systems can learn much from the charter schools experiment in New Orleans, David Osborne writes.
September 12, 2012 – Education Week
Concerns about safety, academic rigor, counselor accessibility, and classroom management plague many high school students in New Orleans, writes Linda Tran, a recent graduate of one of them.
November 2, 2011 – Education Week
A $1.8 billion, federally funded effort aims to deal with the physical damage still evident from Hurricane Katrina five years after the storm.
October 20, 2010 | Updated: March 10, 2017 – Education Week
Five years after the hurricane devastated the region, New Orleans schools emerge changed—and challenged.
August 25, 2010 – Education Week

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