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Students Say New Orleans Schools Are No Education “Miracle”

Last year Education Secretary Arne Duncan infamously quipped that Hurricane Katrina was “the best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans” because it swept away the city’s dysfunctional school system. Indeed, in the six years since the levees broke, the reform efforts in New Orleans schools have been held up nationally as an education “miracle.” But according to a report (PDF) released today that surveyed students at six New Orleans high schools, it’s far too soon to declare “mission accomplished.”


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