Katrina hits Louisiana schools hard
Teachers told to apply for jobs in other districts
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BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (CNN) -- Hurricane Katrina displaced one-quarter of the teachers in the New Orleans area and several districts will have to rebuild, Louisiana's education chief said.
State schools Superintendent Cecil J. Picard posted the results of a parish-by-parish survey of hurricane damage on the state Department of Education's Web site.
"It's clear from these damage reports that several of our districts will have to completely rebuild the majority of their schools and I will help them in any way I can," Picard said.
He urged parents with children who had attended schools in Orleans, Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes to enroll them in schools where they found shelter from the hurricane. He advised displaced teachers to seek jobs in areas where they are staying as well.
The Department of Education placed a full page ad in Louisiana newspapers on Friday instructing teachers how to apply for jobs elsewhere in the state. The state estimates 12,000 teachers have been displaced -- nearly 4,500 of them in Orleans and St. Bernard parishes.
The ad, titled "Katrina's kids need teachers," said jobs are available in districts that are enrolling displaced students.
The Department of Education gave a parish-by-parish breakdown of hurricane damaged schools:
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