The atmosphere of school choice in Wisconsin is the subject of study by people on many sides of the education reform debate in this country.
But so is the experience of New Orleans, where the catalyst for education reform was Hurricane Katrina.
"Even though a lot of these changes occurred much quicker and at a much more wholesale rate in New Orleans than in other places, it really is illustrative of the kinds of debates and tensions being felt across urban America," says Sarah Carr, an education reporter based in New Orleans.
Carr formerly wrote about education for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Her book is called Hope Against Hope: Three Schools, One City, and the Struggle to Educate America’s Children, and she spoke with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich last year.