Commitment, Charter Status, Brought School Back
On this drizzly August morning in the Lower Ninth Ward, music teacher Alonzo Bowens hurriedly summons his boss to listen to student musicians rehearse a number they’d only begun to learn a day earlier.
Doris R. Hicks, the principal of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School for Science and Technology, strides into the band room. At Mr. Bowens’ cue, the trumpeters, clarinetists, saxophonists, and flutists launch into a slightly shaky version of “Hail to the Chief.”
Ms. Hicks nods approvingly. “Sounds good, babies,” she...
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