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Play Button  State of Education - Louisiana State Superintendent John White touches on the current status of Louisiana’s educational system.
Play Button  Priority for State - John White, Louisiana’s State Superintendent, says that Louisiana needs to consider if its school accountability grades are strict enough.
Play Button  State of Education - Debbie Meaux, president of the Louisiana Association of Educators, gives her impression of how the state’s education system is performing.
Play Button  From Bottom Up - Louisiana Association of Eductors’ President Debbie Meaux describes how the “Every Student Succeeds Act” differs from “No Child Left Behind.”
Play Button  For Our Future - Brigitte Nieland with the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry says what the state is doing right in education.
Play Button  ESSA Benefits - Brigitte Nieland with the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry explains some benefits of the new “Every Student Succeeds Act.”
Play Button  Pre-K - Dr. Theodus Goree, Caddo Parish Superintendent, touches on the importance of having a solid pre-K education.
Play Button  Hold People Accountable - Caddo Parish School Superintendent Theodus Goree explains his concern with the current accountability system.

09/16 - Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System

How well is the state’s public school system really performing?

One national survey ranks Louisiana as 49th for academic achievement of public school students. Another national report ranks the state dead last. So, how well is the state’s public school system really performing? Where is there room for improvement? What will the new federal “Every Student Succeeds Act” mean for education in Louisiana? And how have the historic summer floods changed things? Louisiana Public Square explores these issues and more on “Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” Wednesday, September 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE.

The panelists are
• Superintendent Michael Faulk, Central Community School System
• James D. Garvey, Jr. , BESE Board President
• Scott Richard, Executive Director, Louisiana School Boards Association
• Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith, D- Baton Rouge; House Education Committee

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and LSU Manship School of Mass Communication professor Robert Mann host the show. The program features interviews with Louisiana Education State Superintendent John White; Debbie Meaux, President of the Louisiana Association of Educators; Brigitte Nieland with the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and Caddo Parish School Superintendent Dr. Theodis Lamar Goree.

“Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” 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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I assume this space is for comments. This is a request. I’m asking for a chance to talk to someone about the Education public Square before it airs. I’m a mathematician (retired from ULL) who has been up to my ears in K-12 education for over 50 years. I’ve been a leader at the national, state, university, and district levels and I’v taught mathematics to literally thousands of K-12 teachers.  I’m writing to you because the current ACADEMIC crisis in our schools must be seen in honest historical perspective. Please hear me out. I’m not asking to be on the program; I’m just begging for the chance to talk to Beth or the moderator about how bad things are and what needs to be done—-at least in math.

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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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