NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Nine years after Hurricane Katrina, charter schools are the new reality of public education in New Orleans.
The state of Louisiana took over most of the city's public schools after the killer storm in 2005. Now, all of those state-supervised schools — 57 of them in all — are operated by independent charter organizations.
Critics note that several of those schools still perform poorly and most rate no better than a "C'' on the state's school evaluation system.
But supporters point to measurable — if uneven — progress in overall performance among students in the city. And they say that under the charter system, it's easier to make changes in management at poorly performing schools.