Even before the federal levee failures (don’t call it Katrina), the New Orleans school system was one of the most troubled in the nation.

Now New Orleans has a chance to rebuild its system.

Some numbers:

1. In October of 2004, 66,372 students were enrolled in the system.

2. After the levee failures, more than 60,000 students left the city along with 7,500 teachers.

3. Seventy-three schools remain vacant.

4. 36,000 students are expected back this fall.

5. Currently, the system is short the 600 teachers it needs to open 80 schools this fall (up from 58 this year.)

The Chinese character for catastrophe includes in it the sign for opportunity.

Are you a teacher? Do you want to become one? Are you looking for an adventure in one of the world’s most unique cities at a time when your efforts can really make a difference?

Contact Teach NOLA for information on how you can get involved.

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