08/28/2010 02:34 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

What can New Orleans teach us about charter schools?

Since the levees broke, independently run New Orleans charter schools educate more than 60 percent of the students compared to about three percent nationally.

To help pay the bills, New Orleans will receive a $1.8 billion reimbursement for schools that were damaged or destroyed in the flooding after Hurricane Katrina.

It's "good news out of bad," says NBC's Brian Williams. Five years post-Katrina, what can school officials, educators, policy analysts and parents learn about how to best educate the nation's children ? (Newsweek, The New York Times, GOOD, The [New Orleans] Times-Picayuneand MSNBC Nightly News)

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