I confess to a momentary confusion when I read the headlines that all of New Orleans’ traditional schools had closed and it is now an “all-charter” city.

I know only one school in New Orleans — Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School — and I worried for a moment that it had been closed.

But no, it’s safe. The situation in New Orleans has been rather baffling since the state set up a statewide Recovery School District into which many of New Orleans’ schools were put. The Recovery District, which took over some of the state’s lowest performing schools, established the idea of a district as the holder of a “portfolio” of schools of different types. It is the Recovery District that closed its last few traditionally run schools in New Orleans.

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