Rebuilding New Orleans by Rebuilding the Education System

<p>This report from <em>NPR</em> looks at the efforts of one educator to help rebuild communities in New Orleans by rebuilding the city's charter school system.</p>
March 23, 2008, 1pm PDT | Nate Berg
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"Even though James Meza doesn't wear the uniform of a first responder, he is doing rescue work. Meza is saving the children of New Orleans from the miserable education system they had before Hurricane Katrina."

"Meza hopes that the presence of a solid school will jumpstart the recovery. That's the big picture. But walking around the school, Meza gets a smaller reward: The halls are full of the sound of children learning."

"A year-and-a-half ago, most of the homes in the middle-class Gentilly neighborhood of New Orleans were vacant or obscured by piles of debris. Today, most of the trash is gone."

"But the people are still missing. It's the grim view that Meza sees on his way to work every day."

"Still, he feels his schools are clearly helping the surrounding neighborhoods."

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Published on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 in NPR
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