New Orleans' two school systems approve landmark agreement

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Orleans Parish School Board and Recovery School District approved a major cooperative agreement Tuesday that supporters hailed as the start of sewing together the seams of a city snipped into 90 pieces after Hurricane Katrina, when the state took over and chartered almost all the schools.

The agreement focuses on coordinating and improving services for students with disabilities, severe behavior problems, persistent truancy or criminal histories, to the tune of several million dollars - and no matter which systems' schools they attend.

Recovery Deputy Superintendent Dana Peterson said the plan met "the mission of both systems, which is to serve the children in our city well." Despite their eight-years'-running power struggle, "I think collectively we are setting a new tone for how we can work together better in the future," he said.

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