While school districts in the Gulf states and their immediate neighbors are doing the heavy lifting in serving students displaced by Katrina, districts all over the country are welcoming new children. Good profile here of transitions into Washington, D.C. area schools. D.C. Superintendent Clifford B. Janey details his district’s efforts in a Washington Post op-ed, here. Even Canadian school boards are helping.
The private sector is pitching in to help school districts meet the challenge, too. Hertz Furniture Systems has donated $60,000 worth of furniture to San Antonio Independent School District. Hertz CEO Mark Wagner says, “Although the public has heard about the generosity of the many school districts enrolling extra students, they may not be aware of the strain it will put on existing space and furniture.”
Students themselves are helping out. Here’s a story about a tractor trailer full of donations from school kids in Western New York. Sault Ste. Marie Area Public Schools in Michigan are organizing a big relief event.
The challenge of meeting the needs of traumatized students in Mississippi is a tough one. And Mississippi officials are visiting with the feds today to seek the help school districts so desperately need.
And today’s big news from the feds? The winds are blowing vouchers.