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Pass or Fail? Louisiana's Education System (2016)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2016-09-28

Duration: 00:58:03

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Education | TEACHERS | Teacher tenure | Educational accountability | Poverty | United States. Every Student Succeeds Act | Early childhood education | Charter schools | School choice


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Mann, Bob Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Goree, Theodis Interviewee
  • White, John Interviewee
  • Nieland, Brigitte Interviewee
  • Meaux, Debbie Interviewee
  • Savoie, Sonny Speaker
  • Lewis, Kyra Speaker
  • Lampe, Gretchen Speaker
  • Spooner, Prudence Speaker
  • Courville, Keith Speaker
  • LeJeune, Brian Speaker
  • Arroyo, Joe Speaker
  • Allmon, Raymond Speaker
  • Dupre, Arthur Speaker
  • Seely, Joe Speaker
  • Milton, Hollis Speaker
  • Appeaning, Alex Speaker
  • Stephens, Chauncey Speaker
  • Richard, Scott Panelist
  • Garvey, James Panelist
  • Smith, Pat Panelist
  • Faulk, Michael Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from September 28, 2016, features Bob Mann leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on Louisiana’s K-12 public education system. A background report, including interviews with Superintendent Theodis Goree of Caddo Parish and State Superintendent of Education John White, precedes the discussion. The audience members discuss: the biggest challenges facing the state’s education system; teacher tenure; constantly changing standards; school accountability; and parental involvement. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Scott Richard, the executive director of the Louisiana School Boards Association; James Garvey, the president of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE); State Representative Pat Smith, a member of the House Education Committee; and Superintendent Michael Faulk of the Central Community School System. They discuss: their letter grade for the state’s school system; improving the high school dropout rate for African American male students; helping students who live in poverty and attend failing schools; the Every Student Succeeds Act; teacher preparation; encouraging parental involvement; the need for an increased investment in pre-K programs; professional development for teachers; charter schools; and closing the achievement gap. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Bob Mann