Sixty percent of New Orleans schools are charter schools a year after Katrina destroyed the city. Students who attended school elsewhere after the hurricane have higher expectations and don’t want to slip back, reports the Christian Science Monitor.
Many students in New Orleans say their schools were ravaged well before the storm, something they saw more clearly after spending months in other schools as evacuees. “There was a sign to wash your hands, but how can you wash your hands when you got no soap and you got rust coming out of the faucets?” says Isaiah of his former elementary school.
Before Katrina, 60,000 students attended public schools in New Orleans. About half that number are expected to enroll in the next few weeks.