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Supporters of the leadership at Bethune and Baby Ben cheer a student who urged the OPSB to grant Bethune's current leadership a charter.
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Principals At Bethune, Baby Ben Push To Charter Last District-Run Elementary Schools

It's the general understanding that Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary and Benjamin Franklin Elementary and Middle will become charter schools. The only question is when that will happen, and who will run them. The schools' current principals think it should be them, so they applied to the Orleans Parish School Board to convert them into charters beginning next year. But an independent report recommended the board deny their applications.

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CONTINUUM: The Renaissance Band

Continuum presents a program of Renaissance Band Music. The musical band is a group of specialized musicians usually playing various types of wind instruments sometimes with added vocals. You’ll hear three Renaissance bands performing; The New World Renaissance Band, Piffaro - The Renaissance Band, and The New York Renaissance Band. Included on the program is a suite of dances from the composition, Terpsichore, named after the muse of the dance, by composer Michael Praetorius (1571-1621).

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The 'Missed Opportunity' Of Trump's Asia Trip

When President Trump returned this week from a 12-day, five-nation swing through Asia, he gave himself high marks for the "tremendous success of this trip." But experts say that while he avoided major blunders during his stops in Japan, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines, the president missed more than one opportunity to offer his administration's strategic vision for the region — the world's largest, most populous and fastest growing. "It was all fluff," says David Shambaugh , a...

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Monica Nguyen (left) works the register at Toasty's, while Carlana Dyson works as a barista.
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Monica Nguyen takes coffee orders and chats with customers at Toasty’s. It’s a coffee shop in the concessions stand next to the gym at Abramson Sci Academy in New Orleans. Nguyen’s job at Toasty’s isn’t just part-time work she has to make extra money. This is actually part of her education.

Nguyen is a 20-year-old student at Opportunities Academy, a program run by the charter-school network Collegiate Academies. The program serves students up to age 22 who have moderate or significant developmental disabilities, with a focus on getting them ready for life after they leave the K-12 system.

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Public schools in Orleans parish have been steadily improving in the years since Hurricane Katrina, but lost ground this year — according to school performance scores released by the state Tuesday.

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The New Orleans City Council questioned the leadership of the Sewerage and Water Board Tuesday about their plan for hiring more employees.

 

Some residents and council members worry the utility is on the path toward privatization.

This week on Inside the Arts, the Orpheus legend from Greek mythology comes alive as the New Orleans Opera Association presents a new production of Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld.

Then, conversation with acclaimed architect Zena Howard. The female African American design artist played a major role in the building of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

And, an adventure in the woods awaits as FORESTival kicks off it's 7th celebration of art and nature at A Studio in the Woods in lower Algiers.

Election Results: New Jersey And Virginia Governors Races

Nov 7, 2017
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Voters in Virginia and New Jersey are choosing new governors. Both races began with an emphasis on statewide issues such as property taxes and education policy. Now, in the closing weeks of the campaigns, both have morphed into the latest test of President Trump's influence down the ballot. We're updating election results as they come in.

 

  

This week on The Reading Life: Two great novelists! Isabel Allende, known for "The House of the Spirits" and "Eva Luna," talks about aging and passion and her new novel, "In the Midst of Winter." And novelist Mark Helprin, known for "A Winter's Tale" and "A Soldier of the Great War," speaks about the long road to writing his most recent, "Paris in the Present Tense."

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On this edition of All Things New Orleans, we discuss the Orleans Public Defenders' 2nd Annual Second Line for Equal Justice. Then, we'll share another episode of the Listening Post. 

And our very own Jess Clark sits down with New Orleans rapper and singer, Pell. 

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Gov. John Bel Edwards was in New Orleans last week to accept an award from Court Watch NOLA for his work on criminal justice reform. Ten bills make up the Justice Investment Package, a campaign promise Edwards spearheaded in the State Legislature.  

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This week on the Coastal News Roundup: legal stuff!

A local levee board's lawsuit against more than 90 oil and gas companies ends after bouncing around in the courts for several years. Plus, the EPA, the federal Department of Justice, and the State of Louisiana reach a settlement with Exxon Mobil, after claiming Exxon's facilities violated the Clean Air Act.

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This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer has CPR's Now and Then, News of Smart Houses, What the Frack?, News of AFPAK, Let Us Try, News from Outside the Bubble, Read the Trades, The Apologies of the Week, and more!

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"A Prairie Home Companion" in New Orleans!

A Prairie Home Companion, will join the celebration of New Orleans’ 300th anniversary with a live nationwide broadcast from the Saenger Theatre.

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Le Show For The Week Of November 19, 2017

This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer has News of AFPAK, News of Bees, New of the Smart World, News of the Olympic Movement, What the Frack, Apologies of the Week, plus great music and commentary on Al Franken and Roy Moore.

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FOOD & DINING

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Where Y’Eat: If You're Chasing Perfection, Stay Away from My Thanksgiving Table

Even before you start picking at the turkey or swilling the early afternoon Beaujolais, you might be feeling a bit full of Thanksgiving. It’s the run up, which we are now in the midst of. As the calendar ticks down to Turkey day, we’re being stuffed with advice, product promos and tips to "master" the feast and host the "ultimate" holiday meal. How will yours compare?

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