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New School Desegregation Plan in East Baton Rouge Parish (1982)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1982-09-03

Duration: 00:09:24

Subjects: Education | School integration. | Desegregation | Busing for school integration | East Baton Rouge Parish (La.). School Board. | PRIVATE SCHOOLS | United States. Department of Justice


  • George, Beth Host
  • Smith, Rick Reporter
  • Arveson, Raymond Speaker
  • Gonzales, Sarah Interviewee
  • Jones, Cynthia Interviewee
  • Robinson, Press Interviewee
  • Ward, John Interviewee
  • Johnston, J. Bennett Interviewee
  • Bell, Murphy Interviewee
  • Richardson, Rupert Interviewee
  • Drennan, Marion Interviewee


This segment from the September 3, 1982, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features a report on the implementation of the new school desegregation plan in East Baton Rouge Parish, which calls for massive busing. This report focuses on the reaction of parents to the new plan, the growth of private schools in Baton Rouge, the criticism of the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board for their lack of leadership during the desegregation process, the loss of community support for the public school system, and the United States Department of Justice’s changing position on the use of busing as a way to achieve integrated school systems. Host: Beth George