Free Market Success In New Orleans
"Following Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans public school administrators thought they'd shut down for the entire school year. Meanwhile, Reason's Shikha Dalmia reports, "14 of the 34 schools operated by the Archdiocese of New Orleans are already up and running with many more slated to open by Christmas. Despite the financial strain, the schools found creative ways to collaborate with each other and cope with the lack of safe drinking water, power and other basic city services. For instance, notes William Maestri, the Superintendent of Catholic schools, some of his schools ran a double shift, beginning the school day at 7 am and ending it after 6 pm. One school accommodated 3,000 students from 14 area schools in this way." Dalmia examines how private schools, charters and vouchers are filling the needs of New Orleans students."
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