New Orleans has become a case study in how children and families are affected by decentralization of public education and mental health systems. The problem is particularly urgent because more schoolchildren suffer from mental health issues here than in other parts of the country.
Ira Thomas and Nolan Marshall Jr. accuse one another of misdeeds involving school contracts.
Construction costs have remained steady.
Tracking results over three years, students generally tend to do worse as they get older, study finds.
Schools run by the Orleans Parish School Board have been the top performers on standardized tests. That continued this year, but several charters in the Recovery School District inched past them. The challenge: Replicating what's working.