Mercedes Schneider: The Betrayal of John McDonough High School in New Orleans

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McDonogh High School Building, July 06, 2018

The historic John McDonough High School was one of the few schools in New Orleans that experienced only minor damage during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It should have reopened but it didn’t.

It needed repairs but the state-run district neglected the school. When John White was briefly in charge of New Orleans, he promised a major renovation. He promised to give the school to Steve Barr of Los Angeles, charter entrepreneur.

Thirteen years later, renovations have begun.

Mercedes Schneider tells the sorry story of delay and neglect here.

Don’t believe stories of the efficient new administration in New Orleans. They are Not true.

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