New Orleans' two school systems could be on the verge of an unprecedented collaboration to benefit the city's neediest children. The Orleans Parish School Board's legal committee approved a cooperative agreement Thursday with the state Recovery School District that would help students with severe disabilities, persistent school absences, prison histories and other issues.
The systems have found approximately $12.6 million over the next two years from a variety of sources to pay for the programs.
The vote was 4-1, with Cynthia Cade opposed and Ira Thomas absent. President Nolan Marshall Jr. is an ex officio committee member who votes only to break ties.