This report from John Merrow shows just how dire the education situation is in New Orleans today, 18 months after Hurricane Katrina hit. Educators are struggling to revive and turn around a school system that some called a failure before the hurricane even hit. Not only are schools having to rebuild from pencils on up, but many children are living in the city without their parents. Schools are rife with violence and rats, but lacking in books and teachers. Education Week tackled this subject recently too.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Around the Web blog.