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.

Charter school leaders should talk more about racism

Praising charters for “doing more with less” ignores how racist systems have devalued black communities, starving kids in both traditional and charter schools of resources

School founder Vera Triplett holds a potential future student while chatting with current students Joelia Simmons and Langston Kali.

These schools are opening their arms to special education students. Can they afford it?

Noble Minds appeals to kids with disabilities with therapy, social-emotional classes and a no-suspensions disciplinary policy

Brady Lafleur completes a puzzle in a specialized classroom at the old McDonogh 35 Senior High School facility.

Brady’s room: One family navigates special education in New Orleans

Brady LaFleur, who has autism and Down syndrome, needs a new space to accommodate him, and the school district isn’t going to find it for him.

The route school buses can take toward racial equity

A Washington, D.C. public transportation program can be a national model

Louisiana ends policy that held thousands of students back a grade or more

Students held back were at high risk of dropping out.

A prisoner's hands inside a punishment cell wing at Angola prison in Louisiana.

A case for educational reparations for the incarcerated

The upper middle class had its turn; now they must pay the privilege forward

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STUDENT VOICE: How a New Orleans high-school junior learned about race and gender — in North Africa

‘I realized that we need to come together to combat sexism, racism, colorism and other forms of discrimination’

The new convocation center at Xavier University is seen in New Orleans, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. Student Landan Moore says Xavier is his dream school.

A college scholarship meant to help low-income, black students now serves mostly white, middle-class kids

Not TOPS anymore? Louisiana may cut scholarship program that used to be a national model

Laci Hargrove, 18, who fell short of the high school credits she needed to graduate, moved straight from high school to a HiSET-prep program that also provides her with needed social supports.

Getting a GED while still enrolled in high school

High schools in New Orleans try a new way to keep at-risk kids from dropping out

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