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The Wheels Go ‘Round

A consequence of New Orleans’ new “open-choice” school district, many students travel across town to attend school. Every morning, kindergarteners and first graders from New Orleans East ride Ms. Yolanda’s school bus to Akili Academy in the Gentilly neighborhood.

See how far the Akili student body travels to school

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Filed Under: New Orleans in Depth


About the Author: Carter is a master in public policy candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where she also is a senior editor for the Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy. She is specifically interested in how policy impacts minority and underserved populations. Originally from Los Angeles, Carter graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s in international relations. In 2007, she secured a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship for studies at the University of the South Pacific and interned at the United Nations Development Program in Fiji. After, Carter worked at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington.

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  2. Ray Sanders says:

    This is one of many unfortunate consequences of the school reform movement in New Orleasn post Katrina. Hundreds of students daily board school buses before 6:00 AM because their negihborhood school is either a charter school which they can’t go to or it has not been repaired since Katrina. This situation has been created by the state takeover with a clear mission to not open neighborhood schools and create a all charter school district, with many cahrter schools having a criteria for admission thus forcing the neighborhood students to ride for more than two hours to and from school daily. It should also be noted that this new school reformed movement driven by the state was created with no community input and to date, 5 years after Katrina, performs worst than the schools were pre Katrina. These schools are scoring lower than the schools pre katrian and the fiscal mismanagement is a disgrace.

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