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ERIC Number: ED547275
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-May-24
Pages: 26
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
A Public Private Partnership to Reopen Public Schools in New Orleans: The Edward Hynes Elementary School as a Model
21st Century School Fund
The State of Louisiana and the City of New Orleans have a daunting task before them. They must restore community access to public education. It will not be enough to repair and rebuild buildings. The educational programs and staff must also be redeveloped. However, the improvements to public school facilities is a critical first step in reestablishing public education in areas affected by Katrina. The rebuilding of schools so they support high quality education is difficult in normal district circumstances, but it is even more challenging in the post-Katrina environment. Decision making authority is in flux between New Orleans Public Schools, the State, and charter operators. The estimate for what is needed to bring New Orleans Public School facilities into fully adequate is estimated to be $1 billion. However, in 2005 Turner Construction estimates that construction inflation was 9.4%. Neither the State, nor the District, nor charter operators have sufficient experience or capacity with managing a major school rebuilding program to do it effectively. This proposal addresses these challenges associated with the reopening of public schools. It recommends a public/private partnership to plan, design, construct, manage and finance the redevelopment of high quality public schools. To illustrate how a public/private partnership can work, it applies the model to the reopening of the Edward Hynes Elementary School located in the Lakeview neighborhood in New Orleans. This proposal was prepared by a team which includes the 21st Century School Fund and the Building Educational Success Together (BEST) collaborative, JFW, Inc., Public Economics Inc., the Gilbane Company and the Reopen Hynes Committee.
21st Century School Fund. 1816 12th Street NW, Thurgood Marshall Center, Washington, DC 20009. Tel: 202-745-3745; Fax: 202-745-1713; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: 21st Century School Fund
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana