Obama said "New Orleans is coming back better and stronger." Bush called the city a "beacon for school reform."
The school board is mulling its new superintendent's future following revelations that one of his hires faced child sex abuse charges.
Michael Dodds is the fourth school administrator to be found guilty as part of a scheme to change student data to inflate district performance.
The district is banking on state assistance, a property tax increase, and borrowed funds to get through the school year.
The district did not prove that the two principals were direct participants in the cheating that occurred at their respective schools, according to the arbitrator.
The Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School has lobbied for years on behalf of the school. A hunger strike by members has entered its second week.
The Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools report comes as public debate rages over the Louisiana Recovery School District's takeover of most of New Orleans' schools after Hurricane Katrina.
Former deputy superintendent Jason Martinez left his job last week after news broke that he hadn't completed a required background check.
The partnership between the historically black college and the Alexandria, Va.-based organization will run from August through May.
Faced with declining student enrollment, high property taxes, and new state incentives, Vermont school districts are studying school mergers.