New Orleans tends toward self-analysis – some would even say self-obsession. We talk constantly about our food, our politicians, our festivals, our Saints, our tragedies and identity.
In this report, NSNO talks about our city’s schools.
More specifically, we try to answer the question “What will be the story of public education over the last decade?” This report sifts through a messy tangle of events to pick out the threads that matter. We bring essential facts to the surface, place stories in their local and national context, evaluate successful efforts, and point to persistent challenges that remain.
Public education is a profoundly complicated endeavor. NSNO’s perspective is one among many. Read others.
Though what follows emerged out of dozens of focused interviews and a decade of work in the city, we can’t hope to capture all the social and political nuance of a decade of schooling.