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Forest Hill (1982)

Education Update



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Forest Hill, Rapides Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1982-04-06

Duration: 00:27:41

Subjects: Professional Practices Commission | School integration. | Education


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Smith, Rick Producer
  • Geltner, Naomi Producer
  • Perry, James Interviewee
  • Holloway, Clyde Interviewee
  • Bridges, Betty Interviewee
  • Kurtz, Vivian Interviewee
  • Walters, Dorothy Interviewee
  • Floyd, Finus Interviewee
  • Mitchell, Misty Interviewee
  • Roy, Chris Interviewee
  • Baier, Paul Interviewee


This episode of the series “Education Update” from April 6, 1982, features the latest education news in Louisiana. Robert Collins first reports on the week’s education headlines. Rick Smith then conducts an in-studio interview with James Perry, the executive director of the Professional Practices Commission (PPC), who discusses the impact of a recent state court ruling on the work of the PPC. Next, Naomi Geltner reports on the Forest Hill community’s continued efforts to reopen their school, Forest Hill Elementary School, which was closed through the Rapides Parish desegregation order issued in 1980 by Judge Naumann Scott. She interviews: Clyde Holloway, the principal of the neighborhood school opened by the parents of Forest Hill; Betty Bridges, parent; Vivian Kurtz, parent; Dorothy Walters, parent; Finus Floyd, student; Misty Mitchell, student; and Chris Roy, attorney. Lastly, Geltner conducts an in-studio interview with Paul Baier, an attorney for the Forest Hill community and a professor of constitutional law at the LSU Law Center. He discusses the upcoming hearing on the Forest Hill case at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.