Kindergartners line up on their first day of school at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School for Science and Technology in the Lower 9th Ward three years ago. While school leaders say they want diverse schools to reflect the city's population, most schools are still largely African-American. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Fahiya Rashid, who attends the University of California, Irvine, says she got some wise advice from her father. When he went to college he took on too much debt, and he's still paying it back. Ariel Edwards-Levy/Youth Radio hide caption

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After Hurricane Katrina hit five years ago, Donnell Bailey was displaced to Houston. There, the 10-year-old was placed in a national charter school known as KIPP. At first, Donnell acted out. But eventually, he turned his behavior around -- and when he moved back to Louisiana, he was placed in another KIPP school, which eventually recommended him to a private school. Now, Donnell is a sophomore at the Metairie Park Country Day School in Metairie, La., and is class president. Katie Hayes/NPR hide caption

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