Post-Katrina, Charter Schools Doing Well in Big Easy

New Orleans now has more charter schools than traditional schools

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

In post-Katrina New Orleans, the education landscape has been rebuilt almost as dramatically as the city itself. There are 88 public schools currently open in the city, but most of the city's 35,000 students attend charter schools; the Big Easy has become the first city in the nation to have more charter schools than traditional schools. The change seems to be doing well by the students, as test scores are rising. On Thursday, President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will travel to New Orleans to visit one of the new schools. To find out more about the charter school revolution, we speak to Benjamin Marcovit, the principal of the one-year-old charter school Sci Academy, and Luis Miron, dean of the College of Social Sciences at Loyola University in New Orleans.


Benjamin Marcovitz and Luis Miron


Shubha Bala

Comments [1]


Your guests effectively an important subject today: the significant demographic changes that have occurred in New Orleans as a result of Katrina

Many of the poor have been unable or unwilling to return to New Orleans. Perhaps the increase in test scores is due to socio-economics and not stellar teacher performance?

Oct. 14 2009 11:04 PM

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