Ten years after Hurricane Katrina—and all the upheaval and change that it wrought on every facet of life—parts of New Orleans are flourishing again.

No American city in recent years has had to climb back from near ruin. And no American city has had to rebuild its entire public school system.

A system that is still evolving. A system that is showing signs of progress. A system that is still divisive.

And a system whose architects promise will deliver a high-quality education for all of New Orleans’ children regardless of race and income.

Will it happen?

The last word goes to some of the people with the biggest stake in the answer.

ANTHONY PARKER
Parent
RHONDA DALE
Sci Academy Principal
ASHIRA JONES
KIPP Central City Academy Student
KARRAN HARPER ROYAL
Parent and Activist
JOSH DENSEN
Bricolage Academy Principal
CARRIE FISHER
Parent
HAROLD BAILEY
Parent
RAHEL WONDWOSSEN
Cohen College Prep Principal
J’REMI BARNES
2015 Graduate of Sci Academy

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