November 23rd, 2007

Paul Vallas in New Orleans
Episode 2 - Facing a Tough Road to Rebuilding

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.

If you were put in charge of one of the worst school districts in the country would you give the high school students free laptops?

That’s exactly what Paul Vallas has done. He’s betting on some bold initiatives to turn the system around.

In this episode, we meet the the principal and teachers of Rabouin High School; they talk about the chaos of opening day. Paul Vallas addresses the growing disciplinary problems and talks about his plans to expand after school programs.

(Originally aired November 23, 2007)

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My husband and I watched your Paul Vallas piece. It was really good and made me want to head to New Orleans to help out. Who could not be horrified with the scheduling snafus and why wouldn’t corporations/federal government have stepped in to gather records and set up the computer. That should have been predictable.

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