New Orleans Public Schools History: A Brief Overview
The Scott S. Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives at Tulane University


This report reviews the history of New Orleans public schools from the opening of the city’s first public school in 1842 to developments after Hurricane Katrina during the 2006-2007 school year. It highlights the financial difficulties and racial inequities of the system as it developed through the 19th and 20th centuries.

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