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05/06 - The Road Home: Housing Options for victims of the Storms

How is Louisiana responding to the housing needs of displaced victims of the storms?

To view the entire program (59:15) in windows media format, Click Here.

Louisiana lost more than 200,000 homes to hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The July 19 edition of Louisiana Public Square will be an encore presentation of our May public forum on Louisiana's plan for assistance to the homeowners and renters affected by these devastating storms. Our panel includes Governor Kathleen Blanco, Louisiana Recovery Authority Executive Director Andy Kopplin, LRA Housing Task Force Chairman Walter Leger, Housing Vice-chair and State Senator Diana Bajoie (D) New Orleans and Gil Jamieson, FEMA Deputy Director for Gulf Coast Recovery.

In response to the destruction caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco and the Louisiana Recovery Authority have proposed an overall housing "action plan," known as The Road Home. Following release of the plan, a ten day public comment period generated nearly 1,000 comments from individuals and interest groups. The plan has two components: the homeowner assistance part of the plan for Katrina/Rita victims seeking to repair, rebuild, relocate, or sell their residences; and rental development incentives and other developer incentives designed to replace the tens of thousands of rental properties that were damaged or destroyed by the storms. The plan was submitted to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and recently received full funding from Congress.

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For more information, download LRA's The Road Home in pdf format.

To view the entire program (59:15) in windows media format, Click Here.

Plus, click to view Robin Rather at the 2006 LRA: Robin Rather @ LRA: 2006 Recovery Survey

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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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