Date of Award

Spring 5-16-2016

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Social Work

First Advisor

Richard Lyle, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Robert W. Waymer, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Clinton E. Dye, Ph.D.

Abstract

This study examines the relationship between the 2005 education reform, Hurricane Katrina, and the development of charter schools in New Orleans, Louisiana. The education reforms were established in November 2005, three months after the storm, with the enactment of the Louisiana Recovery School District Law, Act No. 35, First Extraordinary Session, 2005, House Bill No.121. The study answered three questions pertaining to the variables that follow: the relationship between the 2005 education reform and Hurricane Katrina, the relationship between the 2005 education reform and the development of charter schools, and the relationship between Hurricane Katrina and the development of charter schools. Respondents to the survey were comprised of 312 adults, ages 18 years old or older. The conclusions drawn from the findings indicated that there was not a statistically significant relationship between the variables, 2005 education reform and Hurricane Katrina, and Hurricane Katrina and the development of charter schools in New Orleans. However, the findings also revealed that there was a statistically significant relationship between the two variables, 2005 education reform and the development of charter schools in New Orleans.

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