Education: New Orleans Eye Opener

New Orleans has plenty of public schools, but they are mostly run-down and in need of major repairs. With many families preferring parochial or private schools for their children, the school board has not put up a new building in 25 years.

From the outside, the Beauregard grammar school on busy Canal Street seems as antiquated and drab as any. Inside, its floors gleam with wax polish; its walls are freshly washed. Built for 500 pupils, it expects to house 650 this fall; last year it had to turn down 300 applicants from other parts of the city. The man responsible for...

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