Revisiting New Orleans’ Charter School Success as Local School Board Takes Control

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Thirteen years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans public schools are once again under a single administrative body: the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB). Katrina forced 65,000 students and their families to evacuate the city in 2005, and in the years following New Orleans outsourced most of its public education to charter schools. Today, 98 percent of the city’s students attend charters. After more than a decade of unprecedented autonomy, as of July 2018, the city’s schools are back under local control. If the new board can learn from past mistakes and respect school autonomy, it can ensure New Orleans schools continue making strides in academic performance and equity.

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