As the school year ends and administrators begin preparations for the next school year, schools in Houston and New Orleans grapple with the issue of where evacuees will go to school. Will they remain in Houston or return to New Orleans?
Evacuees hoping to go home to school
Educators in Louisiana, Texas must wait for fall to see who goes to class — and where
— reported by the Houston Chronicle
Summer vacation may have just started in HISD, but some students are already preparing for the fall semester — back home in New Orleans.
How many of the several thousand displaced students who landed here in September will return to New Orleans for the 2006-07 school year remains anyone’s guess.
The Houston Independent School District took in 4,847 students fleeing Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, most of them from New Orleans, and officials won’t know how many evacuees will re-enroll until classes start in August.
“It’s going to be a real wait-and-see type of thing,” district spokeswoman Lisa Bunse said.
In Louisiana, however, state Department of Education officials have been working with demographers, the city of New Orleans and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to determine how much housing will be available and how many people are likely to return.