Louisiana readies for displaced Harvey students

Louisiana readies for displaced Harvey students
Posted on 09/05/2017
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Hurricane Katrina sent tens of thousands of schoolchildren west to neighboring Texas back in 2005, but Hurricane Harvey at this point is sending few if any schoolchildren back east.

As the storm came ashore Wednesday in Louisiana, the state’s largest online school, University View Academy, was the most visible in promoting its readiness to enroll displaced schoolchildren.

“The effects of Hurricane Harvey across Texas and Louisiana mean many people are displaced, homes are destroyed, and schools are interrupted. As a result, our completely online school is here to help," Lonnie Luce, the school’s superintendent, said in a news release.

University View, a charter school based in Baton Rouge with about 2,300 students, has been there before. It took in about 160 children after the August 2016 floods that devastated much of the multiparish Baton Rouge metro area.

Read more at The Advocate.