This program was made by possible by support from the Annenberg, The Eli and Edythe Broad, Bill & Melinda Gates, William and Flora Hewlett and Wallace Foundations.
Meet Paul Vallas. Known as the “turnaround” superintendent, he’s credited with fixing the broken school systems in Chicago and Philadelphia. And now he has taken the reins of the much smaller, but deeply troubled Recovery School District in New Orleans.
Even before Hurricane Katrina wreaked further damage on the system, the district suffered from dismal test scores, immense poverty, and crumbling facilities. In this episode, we meet teachers and parents who are skeptical of yet another reformer taking the reins and promising change. Paul Vallas talks about the challenges he’s facing and how optimistic he is about turning around the Recovery School District.
(Originally aired October 2, 2007)
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