Reform School District, New Orleans, March 2008: Images of the remains of Lawless High School in the devastated 9th Ward, New Orleans, 17 March 2008. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)

Reform School District, New Orleans, March 2008: Images of the remains of Lawless High School in the devastated 9th Ward, New Orleans, 17 March 2008. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)

Reform School District, New Orleans, March 2008: Images of the remains of Lawless High School in the devastated 9th Ward, New Orleans, 17 March 2008. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)

Reform School District, New Orleans, March 2008: Images of the remains of Lawless High School in the devastated 9th Ward, New Orleans, 16 March 2008. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)

Reform School District, New Orleans, March 2008: Images of the remains of Lawless High School in the devastated 9th Ward, New Orleans, 17 March 2008. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)

HARLIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, NEW ORLEANS, JUNE 2008: Scenes around the hall of destroyed Harlin Elementary School in the devastated Ninth Ward of New Orleans, 13 June 2008. Despite incredible odds, education in post-Katrina New Orleans continues to advance and slowly return to normal. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images.)

HARLIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, NEW ORLEANS, JUNE 2008: Scenes around the hall of destroyed Harlin Elementary School in the devastated Ninth Ward of New Orleans, 13 June 2008. Despite incredible odds, education in post-Katrina New Orleans continues to advance and slowly return to normal. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images.)

LAWLESS HIGH SCHOOL, NEW ORLEANS, JUNE 2008: Scenes of destruction from the recently demolished Lawless High School in the devastated Ninth Ward of New Orleans, 13 June 2008. Despite incredible odds, education in post-Katrina New Orleans continues to advance and slowly return to normal. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images.)

NEW ORLEANS, JUNE 2008: Scenes around the post Hurrican Katrina School districts of New Orleans, 13 June 2008. Despite incredible odds, education in post-Katrina New Orleans continues to advance and slowly return to normal. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images.)

HARLIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, NEW ORLEANS, JUNE 2008: Scenes around the hall of destroyed Harlin Elementary School in the devastated Ninth Ward of New Orleans, 13 June 2008. Despite incredible odds, education in post-Katrina New Orleans continues to advance and slowly return to normal. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images.)

Reform School District, New Orleans, March 2008: Images of the remains of Lawless High School in the devastated 9th Ward, New Orleans, 17 March 2008. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)

Reform School District, New Orleans, March 2008: Images of the remains of Lawless High School in the devastated 9th Ward, New Orleans, 17 March 2008. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)

Reform School District, New Orleans, March 2008: Images of the remains of Lawless High School in the devastated 9th Ward, New Orleans, 17 March 2008. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)

HARLIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, NEW ORLEANS, JUNE 2008: Scenes around the hall of destroyed Harlin Elementary School in the devastated Ninth Ward of New Orleans, 13 June 2008. Despite incredible odds, education in post-Katrina New Orleans continues to advance and slowly return to normal. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images.)

Reform School District, New Orleans, March 2008: Images of the remains of Lawless High School in the devastated 9th Ward, New Orleans, 17 March 2008. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)

Reform School District, New Orleans, March 2008: Images from Martin Luther King Elementary School in the devastated 9th Ward, New Orleans, 16 March 2008. MLK is the only school of 9 that still remains operational in the 9th ward. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)

The 9th Ward, New Orleans, May 2008: Paul Vallas, the Superintendent of the Recovery School District, photographed contemplating the challenges before him while standing in the ruined gymnasium of Lawless High School in the 9th Ward, New Orleans, 18 May 2008. Lawless is one of the schools completely destroyed by the Hurricane and subsequent flooding. It is scheduled for demolition in the near future. New Orleans is still recovering from Hurricane Katrina and in the 9th ward there is still only one elementary school as opposed to the nine which existed before Katrina devastated the community. Despite this, many students have returned to nearby schools and are making good progress despite all the odds Katrina bestowed on education in New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the NY Times Magazine.)

Reform School District, New Orleans, March 2008: Images from Martin Luther King Elementary School in the devastated 9th Ward, New Orleans, 16 March 2008. MLK is the only school of 9 that still remains operational in the 9th ward. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)

Reform School District, New Orleans, March 2008: Images from Martin Luther King Elementary School in the devastated 9th Ward, New Orleans, 16 March 2008. MLK is the only school of 9 that still remains operational in the 9th ward. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)

Reform School District, New Orleans, March 2008: Images from Martin Luther King Elementary School in the devastated 9th Ward, New Orleans, 16 March 2008. MLK is the only school of 9 that still remains operational in the 9th ward. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)

New Orleans, May 2008: Images from Langston Hughes Academy Charter School. The school is currently in a temporary location where it is housed until the new premises have been built, New Orleans, 19 May 2008. The original Langston Hughes Academy was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and the students have been taught in a temporary space ever since. New Orleans is still recovering from Hurricane Katrina and in the 9th ward there is still only one elementary school as opposed to the nine which existed before Katrina devastated the community. Despite this, many students have returned to nearby schools and are making good progress despite all the odds Katrina bestowed on education in New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the NY Times Magazine.)

Reform School District, 9th Ward, New Orleans, March 2008: Images of Kendell Lewis doing his homework and on his way to school, he is a young pupil at the Martin Luther King School in the 9th Ward of New Orleans, 17 March 2008. Kendell and his family moved back into their rebuilt home 3 weeks ago after a long time in a Fema trailer. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)

Reform School District, 9th Ward, New Orleans, March 2008: Images of children playing on their bikes in the Katrina devastated 9th ward area of New Orleans. They are young pupils at the Martin Luther King School in the 9th Ward of New Orleans, 17 March 2008. This School is the only elementary school left in the area after the Hurricane. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)

Reform School District, New Orleans, March 2008: Principal Doris Hicks and pupils from the Martin Luther King Elementary School in the devastated 9th Ward, New Orleans, 20 March 2008. Hicks and the pupils are standing at the newly constructed wall down by the levees of the 9th ward. Martin Luther King is the only school remaining of 9 that still remains operational in the 9th ward. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. Despite all the odds, Martin Luther King is running a good program with high success rates and a genuine spirit of optimism from both teachers and students. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)

The 9th Ward, New Orleans, May 2008: Kira Orange-Jones of "Teach for America" photographed at the water levee in the 9th Ward, New Orleans, 19 March 2008. Kira Orange-Jones is a member of the Teach for America Foundation, an organisation dedicated to placing teachers in areas of greatest need. New Orleans is still recovering from Hurricane Katrina and in the 9th ward there is still only one elementary school as opposed to the nine which existed before Katrina devastated the community. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the NY Times Magazine.)

Reform School District, 9th Ward, New Orleans, March 2008: Images of Kiara Lewis, 8, on her way to school, she is a young pupil at the Martin Luther King School in the 9th Ward of New Orleans, 17 March 2008. Kiara and her family moved back into their rebuilt home 3 weeks ago after a long time in a Fema trailer. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)

Reform School District, New Orleans, March 2008: Images of Larry Lewis, a former Sophmore at Lawless High School. Larry was a talented young football player at Lawless and played his last game there two days before Katrina hit the area. Larry stands in the remains of the school gym at Lawless High School in the devastated 9th Ward, New Orleans, 17 March 2008. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)

New Orleans, United States of America-May 2008: A photo-illustration used to depict the conditions of schooling in post Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, 18 May 2008. Students from the Langston Hughes Academy Charter School are photographed at Hardin Elementary in the devastated Ninth Ward. Hardin never re-opened after the flooding and has since been destroyed. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage for Getty Images.)

 Reform School District, New Orleans, March 2008: Images of the remains of Lawless High School in the devastated 9th Ward, New Orleans, 17 March 2008. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)
 Reform School District, New Orleans, March 2008: Images of the remains of Lawless High School in the devastated 9th Ward, New Orleans, 17 March 2008. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)
 Reform School District, New Orleans, March 2008: Images of the remains of Lawless High School in the devastated 9th Ward, New Orleans, 17 March 2008. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)
 Reform School District, New Orleans, March 2008: Images of the remains of Lawless High School in the devastated 9th Ward, New Orleans, 16 March 2008. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)
 Reform School District, New Orleans, March 2008: Images of the remains of Lawless High School in the devastated 9th Ward, New Orleans, 17 March 2008. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)
 HARLIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, NEW ORLEANS, JUNE 2008: Scenes around the hall of destroyed Harlin Elementary School in the devastated Ninth Ward of New Orleans, 13 June 2008. Despite incredible odds, education in post-Katrina New Orleans continues to advance and slowly return to normal. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images.)
 HARLIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, NEW ORLEANS, JUNE 2008: Scenes around the hall of destroyed Harlin Elementary School in the devastated Ninth Ward of New Orleans, 13 June 2008. Despite incredible odds, education in post-Katrina New Orleans continues to advance and slowly return to normal. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images.)
 LAWLESS HIGH SCHOOL, NEW ORLEANS, JUNE 2008: Scenes of destruction from the recently demolished Lawless High School in the devastated Ninth Ward of New Orleans, 13 June 2008. Despite incredible odds, education in post-Katrina New Orleans continues to advance and slowly return to normal. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images.)
 NEW ORLEANS, JUNE 2008: Scenes around the post Hurrican Katrina School districts of New Orleans, 13 June 2008. Despite incredible odds, education in post-Katrina New Orleans continues to advance and slowly return to normal. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images.)
 HARLIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, NEW ORLEANS, JUNE 2008: Scenes around the hall of destroyed Harlin Elementary School in the devastated Ninth Ward of New Orleans, 13 June 2008. Despite incredible odds, education in post-Katrina New Orleans continues to advance and slowly return to normal. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images.)
 Reform School District, New Orleans, March 2008: Images of the remains of Lawless High School in the devastated 9th Ward, New Orleans, 17 March 2008. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)
 Reform School District, New Orleans, March 2008: Images of the remains of Lawless High School in the devastated 9th Ward, New Orleans, 17 March 2008. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)
 Reform School District, New Orleans, March 2008: Images of the remains of Lawless High School in the devastated 9th Ward, New Orleans, 17 March 2008. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)
 HARLIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, NEW ORLEANS, JUNE 2008: Scenes around the hall of destroyed Harlin Elementary School in the devastated Ninth Ward of New Orleans, 13 June 2008. Despite incredible odds, education in post-Katrina New Orleans continues to advance and slowly return to normal. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images.)
 Reform School District, New Orleans, March 2008: Images of the remains of Lawless High School in the devastated 9th Ward, New Orleans, 17 March 2008. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)
 Reform School District, New Orleans, March 2008: Images from Martin Luther King Elementary School in the devastated 9th Ward, New Orleans, 16 March 2008. MLK is the only school of 9 that still remains operational in the 9th ward.  New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)
 The 9th Ward, New Orleans, May 2008: Paul Vallas, the Superintendent of the Recovery School District, photographed contemplating the challenges before him while standing in the ruined gymnasium of Lawless High School in the 9th Ward, New Orleans, 18 May 2008. Lawless is one of the schools completely destroyed by the Hurricane and subsequent flooding. It is scheduled for demolition in the near future.  New Orleans is still recovering from Hurricane Katrina and in the 9th ward there is still only one elementary school as opposed to the nine which existed before Katrina devastated the community. Despite this, many students have returned to nearby schools and are making good progress despite all the odds Katrina bestowed on education in New Orleans.  (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the NY Times Magazine.)
 Reform School District, New Orleans, March 2008: Images from Martin Luther King Elementary School in the devastated 9th Ward, New Orleans, 16 March 2008. MLK is the only school of 9 that still remains operational in the 9th ward.  New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)
 Reform School District, New Orleans, March 2008: Images from Martin Luther King Elementary School in the devastated 9th Ward, New Orleans, 16 March 2008. MLK is the only school of 9 that still remains operational in the 9th ward.  New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)
 Reform School District, New Orleans, March 2008: Images from Martin Luther King Elementary School in the devastated 9th Ward, New Orleans, 16 March 2008. MLK is the only school of 9 that still remains operational in the 9th ward.  New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)
 New Orleans, May 2008: Images from Langston Hughes Academy Charter School. The school is currently in a temporary location where   it is housed until the new premises have been built, New Orleans, 19 May 2008. The original Langston Hughes Academy was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and the students have been taught in a temporary space ever since. New Orleans is still recovering from Hurricane Katrina and in the 9th ward there is still only one elementary school as opposed to the nine which existed before Katrina devastated the community. Despite this, many students have returned to nearby schools and are making good progress despite all the odds Katrina bestowed on education in New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the NY Times Magazine.)
 Reform School District, 9th Ward, New Orleans, March 2008: Images of Kendell Lewis doing his homework and on his way to school, he is a young pupil at the Martin Luther King School in the 9th Ward of New Orleans, 17 March 2008. Kendell and his family moved back into their rebuilt home 3 weeks ago after a long time in a Fema trailer. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)
 Reform School District, 9th Ward, New Orleans, March 2008: Images of children playing on their bikes in the Katrina devastated 9th ward area of New Orleans. They are young pupils at the Martin Luther King School in the 9th Ward of New Orleans, 17 March 2008. This School is the only elementary school left in the area after the Hurricane. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)
 Reform School District, New Orleans, March 2008: Principal Doris Hicks and pupils from the Martin Luther King Elementary School in the devastated 9th Ward, New Orleans, 20 March 2008. Hicks and the pupils are standing at the newly constructed wall down by the levees of the 9th ward. Martin Luther King is the only school remaining of 9 that still remains operational in the 9th ward. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. Despite all the odds, Martin Luther King is running a good program with high success rates and a genuine spirit of optimism from both teachers and students. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)
 The 9th Ward, New Orleans, May 2008: Kira Orange-Jones of "Teach for America" photographed at the water levee in the 9th Ward, New Orleans, 19 March 2008. Kira Orange-Jones is a member of the Teach for America Foundation, an organisation dedicated to placing teachers in areas of greatest need. New Orleans is still recovering from Hurricane Katrina and in the 9th ward there is still only one elementary school as opposed to the nine which existed before Katrina devastated the community. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the NY Times Magazine.)
 Reform School District, 9th Ward, New Orleans, March 2008: Images of Kiara Lewis, 8, on her way to school, she is a young pupil at the Martin Luther King School in the 9th Ward of New Orleans, 17 March 2008. Kiara and her family moved back into their rebuilt home 3 weeks ago after a long time in a Fema trailer. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)
 Reform School District, New Orleans, March 2008: Images of Larry Lewis, a former Sophmore at Lawless High School. Larry was a talented young football player at Lawless and played his last game there two days before Katrina hit the area. Larry stands in the remains of the school gym at Lawless High School in the devastated 9th Ward, New Orleans, 17 March 2008. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)
 New Orleans, United States of America-May 2008: A photo-illustration used to depict the conditions of schooling in post Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, 18 May 2008. Students from the Langston Hughes Academy Charter School are photographed at Hardin Elementary in the devastated Ninth Ward. Hardin never re-opened after the flooding and has since been destroyed. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage for Getty Images.)

Reform School District, New Orleans, March 2008: Images of the remains of Lawless High School in the devastated 9th Ward, New Orleans, 17 March 2008. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)

Reform School District, New Orleans, March 2008: Images of the remains of Lawless High School in the devastated 9th Ward, New Orleans, 17 March 2008. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)

Reform School District, New Orleans, March 2008: Images of the remains of Lawless High School in the devastated 9th Ward, New Orleans, 17 March 2008. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)

Reform School District, New Orleans, March 2008: Images of the remains of Lawless High School in the devastated 9th Ward, New Orleans, 16 March 2008. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)

Reform School District, New Orleans, March 2008: Images of the remains of Lawless High School in the devastated 9th Ward, New Orleans, 17 March 2008. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)

HARLIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, NEW ORLEANS, JUNE 2008: Scenes around the hall of destroyed Harlin Elementary School in the devastated Ninth Ward of New Orleans, 13 June 2008. Despite incredible odds, education in post-Katrina New Orleans continues to advance and slowly return to normal. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images.)

HARLIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, NEW ORLEANS, JUNE 2008: Scenes around the hall of destroyed Harlin Elementary School in the devastated Ninth Ward of New Orleans, 13 June 2008. Despite incredible odds, education in post-Katrina New Orleans continues to advance and slowly return to normal. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images.)

LAWLESS HIGH SCHOOL, NEW ORLEANS, JUNE 2008: Scenes of destruction from the recently demolished Lawless High School in the devastated Ninth Ward of New Orleans, 13 June 2008. Despite incredible odds, education in post-Katrina New Orleans continues to advance and slowly return to normal. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images.)

NEW ORLEANS, JUNE 2008: Scenes around the post Hurrican Katrina School districts of New Orleans, 13 June 2008. Despite incredible odds, education in post-Katrina New Orleans continues to advance and slowly return to normal. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images.)

HARLIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, NEW ORLEANS, JUNE 2008: Scenes around the hall of destroyed Harlin Elementary School in the devastated Ninth Ward of New Orleans, 13 June 2008. Despite incredible odds, education in post-Katrina New Orleans continues to advance and slowly return to normal. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images.)

Reform School District, New Orleans, March 2008: Images of the remains of Lawless High School in the devastated 9th Ward, New Orleans, 17 March 2008. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)

Reform School District, New Orleans, March 2008: Images of the remains of Lawless High School in the devastated 9th Ward, New Orleans, 17 March 2008. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)

Reform School District, New Orleans, March 2008: Images of the remains of Lawless High School in the devastated 9th Ward, New Orleans, 17 March 2008. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)

HARLIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, NEW ORLEANS, JUNE 2008: Scenes around the hall of destroyed Harlin Elementary School in the devastated Ninth Ward of New Orleans, 13 June 2008. Despite incredible odds, education in post-Katrina New Orleans continues to advance and slowly return to normal. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images.)

Reform School District, New Orleans, March 2008: Images of the remains of Lawless High School in the devastated 9th Ward, New Orleans, 17 March 2008. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)

Reform School District, New Orleans, March 2008: Images from Martin Luther King Elementary School in the devastated 9th Ward, New Orleans, 16 March 2008. MLK is the only school of 9 that still remains operational in the 9th ward. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)

The 9th Ward, New Orleans, May 2008: Paul Vallas, the Superintendent of the Recovery School District, photographed contemplating the challenges before him while standing in the ruined gymnasium of Lawless High School in the 9th Ward, New Orleans, 18 May 2008. Lawless is one of the schools completely destroyed by the Hurricane and subsequent flooding. It is scheduled for demolition in the near future. New Orleans is still recovering from Hurricane Katrina and in the 9th ward there is still only one elementary school as opposed to the nine which existed before Katrina devastated the community. Despite this, many students have returned to nearby schools and are making good progress despite all the odds Katrina bestowed on education in New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the NY Times Magazine.)

Reform School District, New Orleans, March 2008: Images from Martin Luther King Elementary School in the devastated 9th Ward, New Orleans, 16 March 2008. MLK is the only school of 9 that still remains operational in the 9th ward. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)

Reform School District, New Orleans, March 2008: Images from Martin Luther King Elementary School in the devastated 9th Ward, New Orleans, 16 March 2008. MLK is the only school of 9 that still remains operational in the 9th ward. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)

Reform School District, New Orleans, March 2008: Images from Martin Luther King Elementary School in the devastated 9th Ward, New Orleans, 16 March 2008. MLK is the only school of 9 that still remains operational in the 9th ward. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)

New Orleans, May 2008: Images from Langston Hughes Academy Charter School. The school is currently in a temporary location where it is housed until the new premises have been built, New Orleans, 19 May 2008. The original Langston Hughes Academy was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and the students have been taught in a temporary space ever since. New Orleans is still recovering from Hurricane Katrina and in the 9th ward there is still only one elementary school as opposed to the nine which existed before Katrina devastated the community. Despite this, many students have returned to nearby schools and are making good progress despite all the odds Katrina bestowed on education in New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the NY Times Magazine.)

Reform School District, 9th Ward, New Orleans, March 2008: Images of Kendell Lewis doing his homework and on his way to school, he is a young pupil at the Martin Luther King School in the 9th Ward of New Orleans, 17 March 2008. Kendell and his family moved back into their rebuilt home 3 weeks ago after a long time in a Fema trailer. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)

Reform School District, 9th Ward, New Orleans, March 2008: Images of children playing on their bikes in the Katrina devastated 9th ward area of New Orleans. They are young pupils at the Martin Luther King School in the 9th Ward of New Orleans, 17 March 2008. This School is the only elementary school left in the area after the Hurricane. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)

Reform School District, New Orleans, March 2008: Principal Doris Hicks and pupils from the Martin Luther King Elementary School in the devastated 9th Ward, New Orleans, 20 March 2008. Hicks and the pupils are standing at the newly constructed wall down by the levees of the 9th ward. Martin Luther King is the only school remaining of 9 that still remains operational in the 9th ward. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. Despite all the odds, Martin Luther King is running a good program with high success rates and a genuine spirit of optimism from both teachers and students. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)

The 9th Ward, New Orleans, May 2008: Kira Orange-Jones of "Teach for America" photographed at the water levee in the 9th Ward, New Orleans, 19 March 2008. Kira Orange-Jones is a member of the Teach for America Foundation, an organisation dedicated to placing teachers in areas of greatest need. New Orleans is still recovering from Hurricane Katrina and in the 9th ward there is still only one elementary school as opposed to the nine which existed before Katrina devastated the community. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the NY Times Magazine.)

Reform School District, 9th Ward, New Orleans, March 2008: Images of Kiara Lewis, 8, on her way to school, she is a young pupil at the Martin Luther King School in the 9th Ward of New Orleans, 17 March 2008. Kiara and her family moved back into their rebuilt home 3 weeks ago after a long time in a Fema trailer. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)

Reform School District, New Orleans, March 2008: Images of Larry Lewis, a former Sophmore at Lawless High School. Larry was a talented young football player at Lawless and played his last game there two days before Katrina hit the area. Larry stands in the remains of the school gym at Lawless High School in the devastated 9th Ward, New Orleans, 17 March 2008. New Orleans schools are making a slow comeback from the impact of Hurrican Katrina, many of the students in the public school programs come from poor districts often in the hardest hit of the flooded areas of New Orleans. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for the New York Times.)

New Orleans, United States of America-May 2008: A photo-illustration used to depict the conditions of schooling in post Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, 18 May 2008. Students from the Langston Hughes Academy Charter School are photographed at Hardin Elementary in the devastated Ninth Ward. Hardin never re-opened after the flooding and has since been destroyed. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage for Getty Images.)

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