"In some parts of Africa," said Ray Nagin, mayor of New Orleans, "people upon meeting you don't ask, 'How are you doing?' They ask, 'How are the children?' If the children are doing all right, the others probably are, too."

Trying to ensure that the children of the Gulf Coast will be doing all right was the fundamental objective of an event organized by the HELP (Hurricane Education Leadership Program) Team, a consortium of more than 30 ed-tech providers, associations, and foundations. The event was held Aug. 1 and 2 in the Algiers section of...

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