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Contrasting Views Of New Orleans

By Alexander Russo — September 07, 2007 1 min read

Following up on Amy Waldman’s excellent look at New Orleans schools (School Reform Hurricane), here are two contrasting views of how things are shaping up this fall:

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Hurricane Katrina washed away what was one of the nation’s worst school systems and opened the path for energetic reformers who want to make New Orleans a laboratory of new ideas for urban schools .

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New Orleans now has three “systems”: NOPS, with a handful of previously pretty good schools still functioning reasonably well; RSD, with approximately twenty schools, mostly in distress, educating about a third of the city’s public school students (and planning to open another six to ten campuses next year using modular buildings supplied by the private sector); and thirty-one charter schools.

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