The public schools of New Orleans
have long been believed to be among the worst of any big city school systems in the United States.
While many observers feel that the public schools of New Orleans
were a disaster before Hurricane Katrina made it to the weather map, the storm created an unexpected chance to reinvent a system known for poor student achievement, widespread corruption, dilapidated buildings and a revolving-door superintendent's position.
Philip Holland is a native of New Orleans who was educated in the public schools of New Orleans
. He is married to the former Sharon Bellizan and they have two children, Danielle and Dwayne.