5/2/2007

New Orleans' state-appointed superintendent Robin Jarvis is stepping down, opening the door for Paul Vallas, who has been rumored to be a top candidate for the position since announcing his plan to resign as Philadelphia's schools chief. Although far smaller than Philadelphia, New Orleans schools offer tremendous challenge: In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the already struggling district faces teacher shortages, looming union issues and pressure to reopen hurricane-damaged schools.

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