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Feet to the Fire: New Orleans Kids Rethink Their Devastated School System


by Jane Wholey & Betty Burkes — 2015

Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools is an organization of primarily middle school youth that formed after Hurricane Katrina destroyed most of the city’s schools. This chapter describes Rethink’s first six years of operation, which culminated in school system policy changes and an HBO documentary about the organization’s groundbreaking work.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 114. No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 117 Number 13, 2015, p. 221-236
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18290, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 8:31:22 PM

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  • Jane Wholey
    JANE WHOLEY is a former journalist who ran her own media relations company, Esopus Creek Communications, specializing in creative grassroots media events. She retired as Rethink’s Founding Director in 2012. She is currently a media and civic engagement consultant, based in New Orleans.
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  • Betty Burkes
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    BETTY BURKES, a longtime educator, is a former Montessori school principal and United Nations peace education program coordinator. She retired as Rethink’s co-founder and Curriculum Director in 2013. She is currently a peace activist and Circle facilitator in New England.
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