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Will the Recovery District in New Orleans become a permanent school system?

Eight years after the state of Louisiana took over all but 17 of New Orleans' 120-plus public schools, the question is whether the Recovery School District has become a permanent part of the city's educational landscape. The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that some charter schools are voting to stay in the Recovery District, and it is even granting new charters. At the same time, the Recovery District is closing its remaining traditional schools, and in fall 2015 will become an all-charter system. Educators across the United States are watching what happens because the Recovery District has become a national model to laud or lambaste. Tennessee and Michigan have created their own state takeover districts.

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