Unrelenting New Orleans special education problems alleged in new court filings

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Monday, August 5, 2013

New filings in a major special education lawsuit allege that New Orleans schools still struggle to educate students with disabilities almost three years after the start of the case and almost eight years into a nationally unprecedented decentralization of the city's school system.

After Hurricane Katrina, the state took control of the city's low-performing schools and began systematically turning them into largely independent charter schools under the Recovery School District. Many of the remaining Orleans Parish School Board schools became charters as well. There are no neighborhood defaults: Children can choose any school in the city.

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