A year and a half after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, destroying schools and displacing students, school leaders are still struggling to rebuild damaged facilities and technology infrastructures.

In January, members of the Hurricane Education Leadership Program (HELP) Team--a coalition of ed-tech companies and organizations that is helping to rebuild Gulf Coast schools as 21st-century learning facilities--took a tour of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and were surprised by what they saw.

"[We were] stunned at the lack of progress in getting recovery to these folks," said Terry Smithson, education...

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