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Professional Practices Commission (1980)

Education Update



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana, Hammond, Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1980-09-24

Duration: 00:27:23

Subjects: Education | TEACHERS | Professional Practices Commission | Gifted children


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Konecny, Neva Host
  • Smith, Rick Producer
  • Roach, Allegra Producer
  • Rivas, Thomas Speaker
  • Adams, Peggy Speaker
  • Williams, Henry Speaker
  • Hamilton, David Panelist
  • Deshotels, Michael Panelist
  • McDonald, Gene Interviewee
  • Brown, Robert Interviewee
  • Corkern, Earl Interviewee
  • Blount, Doris Interviewee
  • Corkern, Carole Interviewee
  • Hu, Tim Interviewee
  • Temple, Will Interviewee


This episode of the series “Education Update” from September 24, 1980, focuses on the Professional Practices Commission. Robert Collins first reports on the latest education news, including highlights of the speeches made by Dr. Thomas Rivas of Florida, Peggy Adams of Alabama, and Dr. Henry Williams of New Orleans at a regional hearing on multi-cultural education in New Orleans. Next, Neva Konecny leads a panel discussion with David Hamilton, the legal counsel for the Louisiana Department of Education, and Michael Deshotels, a field director for the Louisiana Association of Educators (LAE). They discuss the new Professional Practices Commission. Lastly, Rick Smith and Allegra Roach profile Tim Hu and Will Temple, two gifted eighth grade students at Southeastern Louisiana University (SLU) Lab School in Hammond who attend college math courses at SLU. They interview: Dr. Gene McDonald, the principal at Southeastern Lab; Dr. Robert Brown, the dean of the SLU math department; Dr. Earl Corkern, their math instructor; Doris Blount, their eighth-grade teacher; Carole Corkern, their fourth-grade teacher; Tim Hu; and Will Temple.