Days after Hurricane Katrina devastated parts of the Gulf Coast in the worst natural disaster in U.S. history, state and local education officials in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and elsewhere were hard at work seeking to ensure students affected by the storm could return to school, and a normal routine, as soon as possible.

Health and sheer survival, not academics, were the foremost concerns of families affected by the storm. But as residents evacuated those areas hardest hit by Katrina and found temporary shelter elsewhere, complex schooling issues awaited them.

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