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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

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

Mervian Smith

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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KIPP players on the sidelines at their game against Sophie B. Wright game.

High school football makes a comeback in New Orleans

Charter schools cut football to win minds. Now to win hearts, they’re bringing it back.

A fundraising page was created to raise money to buy warm clothing for students in cold Baltimore schools.

Baltimore students need more than space heaters; they need justice

Trump’s infrastructure plan should start with the broken boiler systems in Baltimore’s public schools

Domonique Crosby raises her hand in calculus class at George Washington Carver High School.

Held back, but not helped

Louisiana reverses course on its strict policy to hold back students who fail standardized tests. Instead, it will add supports to help them pass.

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