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.

kids in court

No longer ruled out: an educator develops strategies to keep court-involved students in school

A social worker in New Orleans makes court appearances to get undocumented and arrested students back in school — and she’s training other educators to get involved, too

college campuses closing

Closing campuses doesn’t necessarily move vulnerable people out of harm’s way

When campuses close, some students have nowhere to go, increasing their risk for the coronavirus

teaching in New Orleans

For better student outcomes, hire more black teachers

Supporting teachers and communities will boost children’s academic achievement

Sci Academy

Nearly all the seniors at this charter school went to college. Only 6 out of 52 finished on time

In 2012, almost all of Sci Academy’s seniors were accepted at college; seven years later, 65 percent had dropped out

AI

AI can disrupt racial inequity in schools, or make it much worse

When it comes to tech and education reform, there’s been more talk than transformation

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African American teachers

Two percent of teachers are black men. A city is trying to recruit more.

Part 2 of 2: In New Orleans, a reluctant teacher finds his voice and, possibly, his purpose

New Orleans loses teachers at double the rate of other cities like it

PART 1 of 2: A new report finds the attrition rate for New Orleans teachers to be twice that of other cities, a number that’s been increasing sharply in the last decade. New training programs aim to stem the flood.

racist language

We should all ‘go back’ — to the American founding ideal of shared struggle, despite our differences

'Creating a more equitable and inclusive nation is essential to living up to our democratic ideals.'

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