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Panelist Bio


Sherman Jackson
Chief of Police, City of Gonzales

Sherman Jackson is the Chief of Police for the City of Gonzales. He is entering his sixth year in office with over 20 years of prior service as an Officer in the Gonzales Police Department.

Chief Jackson is a veteran of the US Army and a graduate of the Louisiana Attorney General Command College.

Chief Jackson’s Department, located in southeast Louisiana’s Ascension Parish, serves a diverse and growing resident community of 10,000 citizens. The City of Gonzales is home to over 2,000 businesses, creating a large daily commuter population.

Chief Jackson is married to Leslie York Jackson. They have two sons: Deven, a senior at Southeastern Louisiana University, majoring in graphic arts; and Xander, a student at Gonzales Primary.

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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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Special Presentation


     10/18 - Louisiana Veterans Back Home

What are the programs and initiatives helping our veterans successfully transition to civilian life?

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     05/16 - Louisiana Veterans Coming Home

What challenges do our returning veterans face?

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     12/18 - News About the News (Encore)

How can viewers distinguish between fact and fake news and is social media blurring the difference?

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     07/18 - Preventing Suicide

How is Louisiana addressing its suicide problem?
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