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When the Recovery School District was created in 2003, it was supposed to temporarily take over failing schools, then return them to local control once they'd turn around. Later the law changed, and now schools get to decide whether they want to go back. So far, most have said no. But now that's changing.

Thousands of students recently gathered outside the state capitol to protest higher education budget cuts.
Mallory Falk / WWNO

Governor John Bel Edwards has warned that Louisiana's budget crisis likely means even more cuts to higher education — up to $70 million — and big changes to the state's popular scholarship program, TOPS. For local students, that translates to an uncertain future.

The Purple Knights pose on the court; Harold Sylvester is kneeling next to his coach.
Harold Sylvester / Amistad Research Center

TriPod -- New Orleans at 300 revisits the first integrated high school sports contest in Louisiana, on February 25, 1965.

Relay Graduate School of Education

Many of New Orleans charter schools are focused on preparation for college, especially for low-income students of color who would be the first in their families to go to college. But what about preparing these students for that big academic and cultural transition?

Matt Candler is principal of a company called 4.0 Schools.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

The world of New Orleans education is changing. For elementary, middle and high schools that change has been so radical that we’ve become global pioneers in charter education.

With two New Orleans charters accused of standardized test fraud, the Recovery School District is beefing up test security.

An RSD news conference sought to reassure the public that New Orleans test scores will be trustworthy. That's in the wake of investigations on test fraud at SciTech Academy and Landry-Walker High School.

A New Orleans charter school violated special education law and state testing policy. That's according to a new report from state education officials.

Kindergartner Emarie puts paint supplies away at Central Park School for Children in Durham, North Carolina. The charter school promotes a hands-on, project-based curriculum.
Reema Khrais / WUNC

In North Carolina, students get their choice of charter schools, but those schools are increasingly divided by race. In this southern state, where some of the nation’s most noted school desegregation battles were waged, a recent Duke University study shows that many schools are either predominantly white or predominantly minority.

Lynn Hatter / WFSU

Florida has become one of the nation’s hot spots for school choice programs. While many ideas may have originated in other states, Florida has adopted them and created a massive alternative system.

WFSU-FM’s Lynn Hatter takes a look at the decades-long movement that is school choice in Florida as part of our series, Matters of Choice.

Students at ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy return to class after a morning "value summit."
Mallory Falk / WWNO

Across the country next week, schools, families and advocacy groups will host events to celebrate National School Choice Week. Most Southern states allow for some form of choice — magnet schools, vouchers for private schools, charter schools and more. How do these options affect learning, school demographics and student success?

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