The big push for charter schools in Louisiana started after Hurricane Katrina. The state’s Recovery School District took over most of the public schools in New Orleans, and quickly issued charters.
With charter school enrollment up to nearly 3 million nationwide last year, Louisiana was still among the states adding the most students.
The Recovery School District has moved on to Baton Rouge, but, without a hurricane scattering teachers and students, charters really have to get parents to buy into the alternative they’re selling. It starts with pounding the pavement.