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04/09 - Legislative Preview 2009

What’s in store in the upcoming regular session?

With a $1.3 billion revenue shortfall in Louisiana’s general fund, the state could be facing drastic cuts in higher education and health services. But will federal stimulus money provide much-needed relief? Explore what’s in store in the upcoming regular session in the April edition of LPB’s award-winning public affairs show Louisiana Public Square. LPB President Beth Courtney and LSU Media Law Professor Craig Freeman are your hosts.

The Louisiana Forestry Association underwrites Louisiana Public Square.

Wednesday, April 22 at 7PM and Sunday, April 26 at 4PM

LIVE CHAT at 2PM on Thursday, April 23.

Backgrounder

When the Louisiana Legislature convenes on Monday, April 27th it will be facing quite a different picture than it did a year ago when oil was over $100 a barrel and the state was projecting state revenues of $9.7 billion. Due to lower oil prices and declining sales and corporate income tax collections, the state is facing a $1.3 billion revenue shortfall. Since 2009 is an odd-numbered year, the focus of this session will primarily be fiscal with most of the attention going to Governor Jindal’s proposed $26.7 billion budget for the fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2009 and ending on June 30, 2010.

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09/16 - Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System

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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