In one of the birthplaces of the fight for educational equity, our Residents and Broad Center alumni work together to help every family access a strong public school that best fits their child’s needs.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana went through the gut-wrenching experience of rebuilding the city of New Orleans, including its schools, from the ground up — and they restructured the local school system in a radically different way. A decade later, significant challenges remain, and several policies have been rethought and revised along the way. But the proportion of New Orleans students attending chronically low-performing schools has dropped from two-thirds to less than 10 percent. In addition, high school graduation rates have grown by more than 20 percentage points, and the graduation rate among African-American male students is now higher than the national average.

Throughout that time, Broad Residents have joined dozens of members of the Broad Center network at the state’s Recovery School District and Louisiana Department of Education — led by Broad Academy fellow John White — as well as charter networks like KIPP New Orleans.