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Peabody Magnet High School (1982)

Education Update



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1982-02-23

Duration: 00:27:33



  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Smith, Rick Producer
  • Geltner, Naomi Reporter
  • Stokley, Frederick Interviewee
  • Vitter, Pat Interviewee
  • Deshotels, Mike Interviewee
  • Ducote, Jackie Speaker
  • McKay, Samuel Interviewee
  • Butler, Frank Interviewee
  • Watson, June Interviewee
  • Tyrl, William Interviewee
  • Tudor, Jeff Interviewee
  • Bindursky, Allan Interviewee
  • Touchton, Jerry Interviewee
  • Sisco, Evelyn Interviewee
  • Cleveland, James Interviewee


This episode of the series “Education Update” from February 23, 1982, features the latest education news in Louisiana. Robert Collins first reports on the week’s education headlines, including an interview with Frederick Stokley discussing his resignation as the school superintendent in Calcasieu Parish. Next, Rick Smith interviews Pat Vitter, the president-elect of the Tangipahoa Association of Educators, and Mike Deshotels of the Louisiana Association of Educators (LAE). They discuss their decision not to sign a no-strike agreement prior to the collective bargaining election for teachers in Tangipahoa Parish. Jackie Ducote, the executive director of Advocates for Public Participation in Louisiana Education (APPLE), then discusses two resources for helping to solve educational problems, Attorney General’s opinions and the Professional Practices Commission. Lastly, Naomi Geltner profiles Peabody Magnet High School in Alexandria, the first magnet program in the state. She interviews: Samuel McKay, the magnet program director; Frank Butler, student; June Watson, a nurse and teacher; William Tyrl, assistant principal; Jeff Tudor, student; Allan Bindursky, student; Jerry Touchton, teacher; Evelyn Sisco, project coordinator; and Dr. James Cleveland, principal.