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The Orleans Parish School Board approved a plan to reunify New Orleans public schools. That is, transfer Recovery School District charters back to the local school board. But this isn’t a return to the old system. It’s a new model for governing schools.

First, some background. This spring, the state passed a law that requires all 49 RSD charters to move back to the OPSB by 2018. Now the local school board will oversee these schools, rather than the state. Superintendent Henderson Lewis Jr. told the press he's excited about the change.

Tulane's Newcomb Art Museum

This week on Inside the Arts, a unique cocktail party kicks off the cultural arts season. Culture Collision 8 gets underway Wednesday night at the WWII Museum.

 Then, the New Orleans Ballet Association gives us a sneak peek at its new season. It's a powerhouse of high energy performances by world renowned dance companies. And,  we round out with a touring exhibit of contemporary Australian Aboriginal art making a debut at Tulane's Newcomb Art Museum. Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. 

This week on The Reading Life: Poet Alison Pelegrin, whose new book is "Waterlines."  We’ll have a visit with Doug Keller and Ashley Teamer of Big Class, the city-wide writing initiative. Then Sisira Holbrook, Allison Flemington, Emma Rioux, and illustrator Kara Daveron , 7th graders at Lusher Charter School, tell us about publishing the Harry Potter newspaper the Quibbler.

Tegan Wendland / WWNO

On this eleventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, officials gathered to remember the dead. As WWNO’s Tegan Wendland reports, they held a prayer service and wreath-laying ceremony. This year’s memorial feels especially poignant, as parishes across southern Louisiana reel from devastating floods.

Debris lines the streets of Denham Springs, Louisiana after severe flooding
Ryan Kailath / WWNO

Tallying the fallout of the recent flooding in South Louisiana may take weeks or months. Beyond property damage to homes and businesses, there are also environmental costs—which some watchdog groups are measuring on their own.

 

 


Eileen Fleming / WWNO

The line formed early and wrapped around the community room at the St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church in Algiers over the weekend. People were handing in guns to New Orleans police.

Harry Shearer

This week's Le Show with Harry Shearer: Karzai Talk, Larry King Live: Dewey Gordon on Lou Perlman, Read the Trades, News of the Warm, News of AFPAC, News of the Olympic Movement, The Apologies of the Week, and more!

The 1928 silent movie film, “The Passion of Joan of Arc”, greatly inspired American composer Richard Einhorn to write his monumental oratorio, “Voices of Light” in 1994. This Continuum presents a recording of a major portion of that work performed by Anonymous 4, other vocal and instrumental soloists with the Netherlands Radio Choir and Radio Philharmonic. Recordings used are: Voices of Light (Anonymous 4 et al) - Sony Classical SK 62006, and A l’Estampida (Dufay Collective) - Continuum CCD 1042.

The little Red Hen finds a seed to plant
Florence White Williams - The Little Red Hen: An Old English Folk Tale / Project Gutenberg

Cooking For The Young And Young At Heart

With the proliferation of kid’s cookbooks and cooking shows these days, it’s evident that the kitchen is increasingly becoming the favorite playground of many a child. This week’s show is dedicated to the budding chefs of tomorrow and everyone who is young at heart.

The non-profit formerly known as the St. Bernard Project began after Hurricane Katrina, repairing damaged homes in flooded areas. It’s now called “S-B-P” and has helped non-profits across the country jump-start recoveries after disasters.

Now, its AmeriCorps volunteers are working in flooded areas in the Baton Rouge area.  WWNO’s Eileen Fleming spoke with SBP Co-founder Zack Rosenburg about what’s happening around the state.

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