Being a school leader is no cakewalk under any circumstances, but when a disaster of biblical proportions befalls your region, as happened last year on America's Gulf Coast, the challenges multiply exponentially.

That region needs our ongoing support and attention, and that's why Editor and Publisher Gregg W. Downey and Assistant Editor Laura Ascione traveled to Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Port Sulfur, La., not long ago both to survey the damage and to get a sense of the progress that is--and isn't--being made. They investigated the contributions of private industry, as well as


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