New Orleans closes its last traditional schools

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Monday, June 2, 2014

In New Orleans, school is out for the summer. But in the city's largest school district, the last traditional public schools have closed their doors permanently, making this the first all-charter district in the country. This transition started after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city in 2005.

At the time, most of the public schools were absorbed into the recovery school district. Gradually, those public schools have turned into public charters.

Sarah Carr covers education in New Orleans for the Hechinger Report. We asked her how public charters are different than the public schools they replaced.

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