Unification plan for New Orleans public schools leaves officials with lots of decisions to make, deadlines to meet

The Orleans Parish School Board signed off this week on a step-by-step plan to reclaim the schools it lost to the state after Hurricane Katrina, a document aimed at ensuring a seamless transition to local control.

But the myriad decisions that still have to be made — and the deadlines that must be met — mean local and state school officials will be working overtime to merge the two systems by 2019 at the latest.

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