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Play Button  Extra - The Grassroots Approach - Superintendent John White explains the autonomy structure of charter schools.
Play Button  Extra - A School System in Crisis - Superintendent John White recounts the crisis the Orleans Parish School Board found itself in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Play Button  Extra - What marks the beginning of recovery? - GOSHEP Deputy Director Chris Guilbeaux says there’s no specific point that marks the end of emergency response.
Play Button  Extra - New Evacuation Strategy - GOSHEP Deputy Director Chris Guilbeaux details how evacuation plans have evolved since the storms.
Play Button  Extra - How Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Houma Became a Super Region - Allison Plyer with The Data Center explains the study that got the super regional committee off the ground.
Play Button  Extra - Leaving the Innovation Center - Leaving the Innovation Center Sprawl Allison Plyer of The Data Center discusses why the economic phenomenon of job sprawl has a negative impact of a region.
Play Button  Extra - Everything has its Place - Jason El Koubi with OneAcadiana explains a regional chamber’s roll in containing job sprawl.
Play Button  Extra - There Goes the Neighborhood - Heather Lane, owner of Byrdie’s Café and Gallery, says she’s sometimes conflicted about the crowd her shop draws.

08/15 - Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference

What difference has a decade made?

Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina swept through Southeast Louisiana, triggering what would become the nation’s costliest disaster. Less than a month later, Hurricane Rita inundated Southwest Louisiana forever altering the landscape. The storms uprooted residents, while the rest of Louisiana and its neighboring states welcomed them with open arms.

What affect did the storms have on economic development along the I-10 corridor? A decade later, how have public services changed? How prepared is Louisiana to handle hurricane evacuees and how did the hurricanes change the demographics of the state?

This month Louisiana Public Square takes a look at where the state is now on “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” airing Wednesday, August 26 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD. (Taping Tuesday, August 25.)


The panelists are:
• Andy Kopplin, Office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
• Paul Rainwater, Rainwater Consulting, LLC
• Stephanie Riegel, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
• Nihal Shrinath, The Data Center

The program includes interviews with Jason El Koubi, One Acadiana; Chris Guilbeaux, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP); Kathy Kliebert, Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals; Allison Plyer, Executive Director of the Data Center; John White, State Superintendent of Education; and Christopher Bohnstengel and “Byrdie” Lane, owners of Byrdie’s Gallery and Café in New Orleans.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and Dr. Kim Hunter Reed moderate the discussion.

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Not enough in the inner city. Stop too many blighted houses,too many streets needed to be repaired. The City needs to go after the owners of the properties,raise them then demand reimbursement even if having to file suit and garnish there wages. City officials need to respond to complaints of neighbors complains remain ignored.  I see no reason to commemorate the 10 year anniversary. Tired of traveling to another parish to shop.

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     09/18 - Revisiting Reform

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended?
In 2017, Louisiana’s legislature passed the Justice Reinvestment Act, which sought to reduce the state’s highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate. The bill was championed by Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards and received bipartisan support including from community and business leaders. Now, just over a year later, the legislation has become a political football. State Attorney General Jeff Landry and Senator John Kennedy, both Republicans considering a run against Edwards in 2019, suggest that the reform package is a failure. They cite murders committed by two inmates released since the Act’s implementation.

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended? Has the legislation put more residents in harm’s way or are plea deals part of the problem?

Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Revisiting Reform” Wednesday, September 26 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

Our panelists are:
• E. Pete Adams, Executive Director, La. District Attorneys Association
• Alanah Hebert, ACLU of Louisiana & Justice Reinvestment Task Force
• Andrew Hundley, Louisiana Parole Project
• Sec. Jimmy LeBlanc, La. Department of Corrections

The program features interviews with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry; Rep. Terry Landry, D- New Iberia, with the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Council; Deputy Assistant Secretary Natalie Laborde, with the Louisiana Department of Corrections; and Stephanie Riegel, editor of the Baton Rouge Business Report.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and professor Robert Mann with the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication host the show.

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

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