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This fall, New Orleans’ state-run Recovery School District will become the nation’s first big-city school system comprised entirely of charter schools. (A few non-charter schools will continue to operate outside of the jurisdiction of the Recovery School District.)

New Orleans

This story is part of our ongoing look at New Orleans and how its schools have been remade in the wake of disaster.

Hechinger Report contributing editor Sarah Carr spoke with NPR’s Rachel Martin on Sunday about what the transition means for the city. They spoke about what distinguishes charters from non-charters in a practical sense, with a focus on the experiences of students and families.

In recent weeks, the Hechinger Report has also been running a series of student opeds from New Orleans, on everything from school discipline to Teach for America.

Listen to Carr and Martin:https://hechingerreport.org/wp-content/uploads/20140601_wesun_new_orleans_closes_its_last_traditional_schools.mp3

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Sarah Carr is a contributing editor who also oversees the Teacher Project at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. She has reported on battles over school vouchers, efforts to educate China’s massive...

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  1. Just last night, I finished Hope Against Hope, Sarah Carr’s wonderful book on NOLA schools and their students.

    I was drawn to the book b/c we have a small group of wealthy persons who want to turn Dallas Independent School District into a home rule system.

    BUT at the end of the book, I was left wondering whether Geraldlyn Stewart made it to college, esp. to Florida A&M, and how she and her family are doing overall. I’d really appreciate a response.

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