Friday, January 13, 2006

New Orleans Public Schools Reopen Slowly

Hi everyone! Today's selection is a podcast from The News Hour on PBS. In this podcast, special correspondent for education John Merrow reports about the reopening of public schools in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The original podcast was published on 19 December 2005 at:

The show notes included:

"In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans public school system must struggle not only with rebuilding and reopening schools, but also improving an historically low-achieving school system."

A transcript of this segment is available online at:

John Merrow has been an education reporter for over 30 years and correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. He profiles significant issues in k-12 and higher education. His biosketch is at:

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John Merrow Bio

John Merrow began his career as an education reporter with National Public Radio in 1974, when he created "Options in Education." That series earned more than two dozen broadcasting awards, including the George Polk Award in 1982. From 1985 to 1990 he was education correspondent for The MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour, and in 1993 he created The Merrow Report for PBS, followed by the NPR series of the same name in 1997. In 2000 he returned to The NewsHour to provide occasional reports on education. Learning Matters, Inc., Merrow's production company, has been co-producing documentaries with the PBS series FRONTLINE since 2001. Merrow won a Peabody Award in 2001 for "School Sleuth: The Case of the Excellent School," which aired on PBS. Merrow earned a Bachelors Degree from Dartmouth College in 1964, a Masters Degree in American Studies from Indiana University in 1968, and a doctorate in Education and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1973.


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