Resilient Communities

Remaking a School System in the Wake of Natural Disaster



In this Resilient Communities podcast, Jennifer Steele, a policy researcher whose work with her RAND colleague Georges Vernez and with Tulane University's Cowen Institute, has examined New Orleans's charter and district-run schools in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Policymakers responded to the storm's destruction by transforming the New Orleans Public Schools into a decentralized system composed mostly of charter schools. These efforts are relevant to other cities seeking to use charter-based school choice to create a more resilient public education sector.