New Orleans

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation, officials dramatically remade the long-struggling education system in New Orleans, turning it into the nation’s first all charter-school system. Our stories will look at what’s working — and what’s not — in the nation’s largest, most ambitious experiment with school decentralization. See all our Special Reports

My son’s only president: Obama let black children see their own possibilities

Diverse representation benefits the highest office in the land

Lessons from NOLA: Ailing Mississippi district should be wary of charter schools

"Don’t allow a financial storm to be your Hurricane Katrina, the disaster that led to dismantling the public school system in New Orleans."

New Orleans’ uphill battle for more black and homegrown teachers

Kristi Walton works with a student. Photo: Courtesy of Firstline This story is part of a series looking at a shortage of black and Hispanic teachers and…

Black children deserve the stability that their neighborhood schools can offer, despite studies that may indicate otherwise

Lockers are wired shut in the mostly abandoned Drew High School building in Mississippi, which was closed in 2010. Photo: Natalie Griffin/News21 School closure is a…


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Resentment over online insults ignites brawls in and near schools

Special “wraparound” services do a lot for black children – but they aren’t the solution to bad policy decisions

Tina Brown, executive director of the Overtown Youth Center, with Andre Perry. Photo: Maya Darasaw, MAD Works Photography We’re not going to “non-profit” our way out…