Jo. Carter, superintendent of New Orleans schools, wrote a report responding to a request from a school for children of color for funding like public schools received.
Carter sent the report to the Bureau of Education, which sent it to Brig. Gen. George F. Shepley, military governor of Louisiana, who had received the original petition.
Carter issued a recommendation that the school be funded and commented on its condition and its program. He also wrote that there were 15 or more additional schools for black children, but that the one in question was the only charitable one. It was known as the Catholic Institution for the Instruction of Indigent Colored Orphans, but he noted it was open to children who were not black.
He also wrote, "The time may not be far distant, when, Public Schools for the colored children, shall be established or annexed, to the white schools under the direction of this Bureau..."