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

OPINION: “TOPS has impacted my life in a very positive way”

A student asks the Louisiana governor and legislature to restore funding for the state’s merit scholarship program

OPINION: “I was awarded $2.00 for TOPS, a dollar a semester”

A student asks Louisiana Rep. Nancy Landry to restore funding for the state’s merit scholarship program

Dear Mr. Governor: How you can help poor kids in Louisiana go to college

The TOPS merit-based scholarship program is in jeopardy, but it doesn’t have to be

Isn’t desegregation a measure of educational quality?

Real reform begins early and accounts for racial and economic diversity

Video: Inside a jail school trying to treat kids like scholars not criminals

A once notorious juvenile detention center in New Orleans gets a new school

Throw me some beads, mister!

Mardi Gras Day teaches Black kids that beauty can come from oppression

In a city still struggling with segregation, a popular charter school fights to remain diverse

Bricolage Academy hopes new admissions system that sets aside seats for poor kids will keep classrooms integrated

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New Orleans schools still struggle with integration

A school named after early civil rights hero Homer Plessy tries to increase diversity against tough odds

It’s not who controls the schools that matters, it’s whether they care about equity

New Orleans has had plenty of school choice in the last decade, but vulnerable students have been left behind

School choice shouldn’t take away our neighborhood schools

New Orleans to turn remaining five public schools into charters

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