This week on Behind The Lens, a former employee of the New Beginnings Schools Foundation who raised a red flag on what he said are suspicious grade changes at John F. Kennedy High School asked for his job back this week.

He and his attorney made that request Thursday night at a special meeting of the charter school network’s governing board. Lens education reporter Marta Jewson was there.

Also, former Lens staffer Bob Marshall wrote The Lens’ 2014 examination of coastal land loss, “Losing Ground” and the follow-up “Louisana’s Moon Shot,” on the Coastal Master Plan, an award-winning collaboration with Propublica. Bob, a longtime Times-Picayune reporter before he came to The Lens, now writes an environmental column for

He joined us by phone this week to talk about coastal erosion, warning that part of the problem is evident in the language we use to discuss it.

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Tom Wright is a staff writer and producer covering the environmental beat for The Lens. He also hosts and produces The Lens' podcast Behind The Lens. His previous work includes investigative producing with local broadcaster Lee Zurik, legislative affairs reporting for Mississippi Public Broadcasting and global affairs coverage for CNN. Wright is a winner of the DuPont, Peabody and Murrow awards for his investigative production work.