47 schools is a lot of schools to tear down. It did seem to me like the article in your link indicated that these mid 20th century buildings left much room for improvement.From me:
Am I foolish and naive to think that we could be embarking on a period of flowering amidst rebuilding?
Quick history lesson: Lusher is supposed to be one of the best schools in the city. Parents love it, the students love it. Historically, Lusher drew about half of their students from a geographic district (gif map here, kml map here), and about half tested in. The racial makeup of the school mirrored the racial makeup of New Orleans.
Enter Katrina and the Federal Flood. Scott Cowen, President of Tulane, rightfully thought that to bring Tulane employees back, they would need the incentive of a good school for their children. So he got Tulane to
blackmaildonate a vast amount of money to Lusher.
In return, all Tulane employees can send their kids to Lusher, regardless of test scores, race, or where they live.
Problem: now, too many Tulane employees are taking advantage of
Cowen's blackmailthe Tulane Lusher benefit.
What does this mean? Too few slots, too many kids that want to go there.
What happens now?
The Tulane parents still can get their kids in there, no problem.
The geographic district pays the price. And God help you if you have to test in.