Nearly five months after Hurricane Katrina laid waste to the Gulf Coast and destroyed or damaged hundreds of schools and colleges, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) official responsible for Mississippi and Louisiana relief efforts could not say how much damage schools and colleges sustained in those states, could not say how much money will go to education recovery in the affected areas, and declined to comment about ED's master recovery plan.

ED has developed a web site. Chad Colby, a spokesman for ED's press office, said that Hurricane Help for Schools, an ED-run hurricane relief web


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