New Orleans public schools are now almost completely charter run, offering an example of what “universal school choice” looks like when applied to a large, poor school district. NPR’s Anya Kamenetz and photographer Edmund D. Fountain take a look inside that system, talking with with New Orleans parents, teachers and administrators about what works and what doesn’t.
Bright and early one hot Wednesday morning in July, Nathlynn Dellande went to choose a new school for her grandchildren. Chloe, 7, was heading into the second grade, and her brother, Ashton Jr., 5, was starting kindergarten. Dellande lives in historically black, middle-class New Orleans East. She at first assumed Chloe and Ashton Jr.