How Katrina Created an Opportunity for School Reform in New Orleans

Mayor Mitch Landrieu describes the charter school movement that transformed education in the city - seemingly for the better.

In the video above, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu explains how Hurricane Katrina created the conditions for school reform in his city. He went on to explain that the transformation was made possible not just because of the need to rebuild physical infrastructure, but because the displacement and layoffs that resulted from the storm sapped the power from the local teacher's union, whose opposition would've otherwise made change impossible.


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Conor Friedersdorf is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he focuses on politics and national affairs. He lives in Venice, California, and is the founding editor of The Best of Journalism, a newsletter devoted to exceptional nonfiction.

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