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Report critical of New Orleans’ efforts to rebuild schools

The University of Minnesota Law School’s Institute on Race and Poverty has come out with an interesting study on the success (or failure, actually) of the rebuilding efforts of New Orleans’s schools following Hurricane Katrina.

According to “The State of Public Schools In Post-Katrina New Orleans: The Challenge of Creating Equal Opportunity,” the rebuilt public school system fails to adequately provide equal educational opportunity to students.

The press release announcing the study says that the state-driven reorganization has created a “separate but unequal tiered system of schools” that sorts white students and a relatively small share of students of color into selective, high-performing schools, while steering the majority of low-income students of color to high-poverty, low-performing schools.

The study also finds racial and economic segregation in the city and metropolitan area to be a continuing concern, still undermining the life chances and educational opportunities of low-income students and students of color.

The study was commissioned by the Loyola Institute for Quality and Equity in Education in New Orleans. A copy of the report’s executive summary can be found on the institute’s website.

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