Bush praises New Orleans charter schools


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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former President George W. Bush says today is a day to celebrate the resurgence of New Orleans schools.

Bush spoke at a ceremony at Warren Easton Charter High School.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the state took over almost all the city's schools, which had been widely criticized before Katrina for failing to provide a good quality education.

Now almost all the city's schools are charter schools.

Bush praised the schools' progress, saying that parents have more choices and that teachers and principals have less bureaucracy hindering their work.

Critics have questioned the progress of the schools and lament the loss of neighborhood schools.

Bush was accompanied by his wife, Laura.

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159-r-38-(Sound of marching band playing for Former President George W. Bush, during visit to Warren Easton Charter School marking 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina)--This is sound of a marching band playing for Former President George W. Bush, during his visit to Warren Easton Charter School marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. (28 Aug 2015)

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APPHOTO LAGH107: Former President George W. Bush greets juniors in a Spanish class at Warren Easton Charter High School in New Orleans, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. Bush is in town to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which is Saturday. At left of Bush is former first lady Laura Bush and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) (28 Aug 2015)

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