DALLAS — The Federal Emergency Management Agency will make a $1.8 billion lump-sum payment to public school districts in Orleans Parish to rebuild or replace facilities damaged five years ago by Hurricane Katrina. The parish has the same boundaries as the city of New Orleans.

The payment will finance a rebuilding program approved in November 2008 by the Orleans Parishwide School District and the state-operated Restoration School District, which is operated by Louisiana. The FEMA grant considers the school rebuilding efforts as a single project rather than specifying how much money is allocated to each facility.

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