45 percent of Orleans voters say schools improving

By KEVIN McGILL
Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Forty-five percent of New Orleans voters surveyed recently said public schools in the city are getting better - while only 18 percent believe they are getting worse.

However, while 45 percent of the respondents said they would recommend that friends or family send their children to a New Orleans public school, 44 percent said they would not.

The numbers were released Thursday by Tulane University's Cowen Institute. The poll of 602 likely voters was conducted in May for the education think tank.

The survey comes as the state agency that took over most New Orleans schools after Hurricane Katrina prepares for a new school year in which all of those schools will be run by independent charter organizations.

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