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May 17, 2012

Remaking a School System in the Wake of Natural Disaster

by Jennifer L. Steele

In this Resilient Communities podcast, Jennifer Steele discusses the differences in policies and practices between charter and traditional schools in New Orleans, where charter-based reform spread in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Policymakers responded to the storm's destruction by transforming the New Orleans Public Schools into a decentralized system composed mostly of charter schools. These efforts are relevant to other cities seeking to use charter-based school choice to create a more resilient public education sector.