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New Orleans to Become All-Charter School District

Benjamin Banneker Elementary School fourth-graders Michael Jefferson, left, Byron Cooper and Travis Housey were photographed studying science in December 2009 (Rusty Costanza/The Times-Picayune/AP).
Benjamin Banneker Elementary School fourth-graders Michael Jefferson, left, Byron Cooper and Travis Housey were photographed studying science in December 2009 (Rusty Costanza/The Times-Picayune/AP).

New Orleans’s Recovery School District will close all of its remaining traditional public schools, according to the Washington Post.

Education was one of the major reforms for the city after its recovery from Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Benjamin Banneker Elementary closed Wednesday as New Orleans’s Recovery School District permanently shuttered its last five traditional public schools this week.

With the start of the next school year, the Recovery School District will be the first in the country made up completely of public charter schools, a milestone for New Orleans and a grand experiment in urban education for the nation.

Before the storm, the city’s high school graduation rate was 54.4 percent. In 2013, the rate for the Recovery School District was 77.6 percent. On average, 57 percent of students performed at grade level in math and reading in 2013, up from 23 percent in 2007, according to the state.

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