Conor Friedersdorf is a California-based staff writer at The Atlantic, where he focuses on politics and national affairs. He is the founding editor of The Best of Journalism, a newsletter devoted to exceptional nonfiction.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu makes the case.
In the video above, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu explains how Hurricane Katrina created the conditions for school reform in his city. He went on to explain that the transformation was made possible not just because of the need to rebuild physical infrastructure, but because the displacement and layoffs that resulted from the storm sapped the power from the local teacher's union, whose opposition would've otherwise made change impossible.
This post originally appeared on The Atlantic.