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East Baton Rouge Parish Teachers' Strike (1979)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1979-03-23

Duration: 00:28:58

Subjects: TEACHERS | East Baton Rouge Parish (La.). School Board. | Public employee strikes | COLLECTIVE BARGAINING | Unions | Teachers' unions | National Education Association of the United States | Strikes | Labor


  • George, Beth Host
  • Blome, Ron Host
  • Hanley, John Photographer
  • Jackson, Lyle Photographer
  • Godoy, Al Photographer
  • L'Herisson, Sandra Photographer
  • Blome, Ron Reporter
  • Blome, Ron Editor
  • George, Beth Producer
  • Wolf, Thom Director
  • Penn, Lennie Interviewee
  • Lindsey, Clyde Interviewee
  • Bolden, Chuck Interviewee
  • Bussie, Victor Interviewee
  • Thiel, Art Interviewee
  • Steimel, Ed Interviewee
  • Partin, Ed Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from March 23, 1979, features an in-depth report on the strike by teachers in East Baton Rouge Parish, including: interviews with the leaders of both sides, Lennie Penn, the spokesperson for the teachers, and Clyde Lindsey, the Superintendent of Education for the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board; the issue of collective bargaining and whether the teachers are considered part of a union; and the nationwide movement towards “teachers’ rights.” This episode also includes a repeat showing of a report on the growth of public employee unions in Louisiana.