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Panelist Bio


Rep. Rick Gallot, Jr.
(D); House & Governmental Affairs Committee Chair

Richard "Rick" Gallot, Jr. is an African American Democratic member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, who has represented the 11th District since the fall of 2000.

The district was established after the 1990 census to guarantee a black voter majority. Gallot won the position after the popular incumbent Pinkie C. Wilkerson of Grambling was killed on August 1, 2000, in a six-vehicle accident on Interstate 20 in Bossier City. At the time of her death, Wilkerson had been scheduled two weeks thereafter as a delegate to the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, California.

Gallot is ineligible to seek a fourth term in the Louisiana House in the nonpartisan blanket primary set for the fall of 2011. In the 2007 primary, he handily defeated the sister of Pinkie Wilkerson to win his third term in the legislative chamber. Gallot is also a member of the Gamma Psi chapter Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated.

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     11/18 - An Eye on Admissions

What standards should be used for college admissions?
This fall, LSU instituted a “holistic admissions” process for incoming students which relies more on essays and recommendations than on College Board test scores and grade point averages. Proponents of the move say it’s a better way to identify strong students while opening up opportunities for families not financially able to afford prep classes for standardized exams. Opponents say the move will increase student attrition and could endanger LSU’s flagship status. Examine the new standards from several different perspectives.

Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “An Eye on Admissions” Wednesday, November 21 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Alexandria; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.
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