New Report Shows Progress of New Orleans Schools Since Katrina

Since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, the school systems had suffered great losses, but also accomplished more than imaginable to rebuild an even better public education system.  The Tulane University Cowen Institute released a report showing  the challenges and accomplishments New Orleans schools have faced over the years.

In 2005, Governor Blanco approved Act 35, which redefined the performance threshold by which school districts were identifying failing grades.

In 2006 most schools closing, and over 7,000 employees lost their jobs. As the system continued to grow the city school system had 80 schools, however, at the beginning of the academic year, schools were filled to capacity and over 300 students were wait-listed, resulting in a lawsuit through the ACLU, which delayed school openings until mid semester.

In 2007, the RSD and OPSB announced their collaboration to track the renovation and contraction of schools damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

Throughout the year of 2008, 5 more schools were opened and the number of charter schools increased.  Later that year, the Master pPlan was approved, and $2 billion was given in school reconstruction funds.

The year of 2010 brought great change, allowing RSD schools to return to OPSB after five years and meeting minimum performance standards.  Charter schools continued to grow throughout the years to 2013.

In January of 2015, the Orleans Parish school board appointed Henderson Lewis, Jr., as the permanent superintendent of OPSB.

The New Orleans educators agreed that they are proud of the changes the school system has made since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. They went from $6 million being spent on transportation for students to $33.5 million.  New Orleans educators agree the most important thing in schools is the students, and making sure they have the best educational experience possible.

Read the full report here