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Hurricane Katrina And Its Effects

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Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc throughout the Houston School District – the largest public school district in Texas and the seventh-largest in the U.S. – forcing schools to close and disrupting the lives of thousands of students, teachers, and education officials.

As of September 1st, district officials reported that each of the 200 school-related facilities they inspected after the disaster sustained damage from the hurricane, which was later downgraded to a tropical storm. It’s also expected that an additional 100 facilities will likely face similar problems, but have been inaccessible due to flooding, mold, or other circumstance.

School in other Houston-area districts have also suffered damage from the hurricane; but if Hurricane Katrina (which struck the Gulf Coast in 2005) is any sign, the worst of Harvey’s effects on education is yet to come. Hurricane Katrina, for instance, displaced more than 370,000 students in Mississippi and Louisiana, creating the lost generation of students who were forced to move from their homes and local schools. Meaning that children who frequently move or who live in poor circumstance (such as communities that’s been hit by a natural disaster) have a higher chance of dropping out of school compared to those who don’t. Needless to say, this is a big deal. Especially since this is only one of the five most common learning disabilities seen in schools today.

That being said, since Katrina hit Mississippi and Louisiana, both state's
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