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.
Paul Vallas has been moving at breakneck speed to turn around New Orleans’ failing schools. But the district’s legacy of academic bankruptcy has no quick fix or easy answer. Eighty-five percent of students in Vallas’ Recovery School District are functioning below grade level and the graduation rate last year was abysmal.
In episode three we meet Antoine Duplessis and Brittne Jackson, two of many RSD students who are struggling to remain in school despite a history of failure, and we’ll learn how Paul Vallas is addressing what is perhaps his greatest challenge - making sure these students don’t fall through the cracks.
(Originally aired February 8, 2008)
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