Charter Schools Bloom In New Orleans Since Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has become a laboratory of sorts for charter schools. Seven new ones are opening this month — supported by millions of dollars in federal and private grants. The funding draws educators like Channa Cook to New Orleans.

Charter Schools Bloom In New Orleans

Charter Schools Bloom In New Orleans

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Channa Cook, principal of Sojourner Truth Academy, sits in a classroom at her school. The 28-year-old is among the educators fueling the boom of charter schools in New Orleans. Andrea Hsu/NPR hide caption

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Channa Cook, principal of Sojourner Truth Academy, sits in a classroom at her school. The 28-year-old is among the educators fueling the boom of charter schools in New Orleans.

Andrea Hsu/NPR

Since Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has become a laboratory of sorts for charter schools.

Seven new ones are opening this month — supported by millions of dollars in federal and private grants.

The funding draws educators like 28-year-old Channa Cook to New Orleans.