Was the devastation of Rita overshadowed by Katrina?
Hurricane Katrina devastated southeastern Louisiana, but a second killer storm soon followed, ravaging the southwestern section of the state. It was the most intense hurricane on record in the Gulf of Mexico. Local storm surges of 15 to 20 feet obliterated the communities of Holly Beach, Hackberry and Cameron. Lake Charles, Sulphur, Westlake and Vinton also suffered heavy damage. Local officials and experts discuss the storm and recovery in the wake of "Rita: The Forgotten Storm," this month on Louisiana Public Square.
The Panel for March:
Rodney Geyen, Lake Charles City Councilman
Judge Hadley Ward Fontenot, Cameron Parish
Tom Henning, Louisiana Recovery Authority member, Lake Charles
State Senator Willie Mount, Lake Charles
Of note, a documentary, "Hurricane Rita: Southwest Louisiana's Story," from KPLC in Lake Charles is now available on a special 2-disc DVD set. Link.
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How well is the state’s public school system really performing?
One national survey ranks Louisiana as 49th for academic achievement of public school students. Another national report ranks the state dead last. So, how well is the state’s public school system really performing? Where is there room for improvement? What will the new federal “Every Student Succeeds Act” mean for education in Louisiana? And how have the historic summer floods changed things? Louisiana Public Square explores these issues and more on “Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” Wednesday, September 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE.
The panelists are
• Superintendent Michael Faulk, Central Community School System
• James D. Garvey, Jr. , BESE Board President
• Scott Richard, Executive Director, Louisiana School Boards Association
• Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith, D- Baton Rouge; House Education Committee
LPB CEO Beth Courtney and LSU Manship School of Mass Communication professor Robert Mann host the show. The program features interviews with Louisiana Education State Superintendent John White; Debbie Meaux, President of the Louisiana Association of Educators; Brigitte Nieland with the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and Caddo Parish School Superintendent Dr. Theodis Lamar Goree.
“Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.
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What difference has a decade made?
Who are the winners and losers in Louisiana’s budget battle?
Is the display of Civil War statues in public justified or do they belong only in museums?
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