[PLUGGED IN] The Big Picture
A student runs through the hall on the first day of school at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School for Science and Technology in New Orleans. The school reopened in August after repairing the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina two years earlier.
Gulf Coast kids are still weathering the storm.
Only two percent of federal Hurricane Katrina relief funding went to education recovery, and as many as 15,000 K–12 public school students in Louisiana and Mississippi missed school last year due to lingering hurricane-related problems.
45% of New Orleans city schools have reopened
40% of the pre-Katrina student population has returned to public schools in Orleans Parish