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Teacher Shortage in Louisiana (1983)




Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1983-02-13

Duration: 00:25:44

Subjects: Education | Teachers -- Supply and demand | National teacher examinations | Teacher certification


  • Hinton, Rob Host
  • Stewart, Genevieve Host
  • Garibaldi, Antoine Interviewee
  • Peck, Hugh Interviewee
  • Williams, Shirley Interviewee
  • Encalarde, Barbara Interviewee
  • Watson, Laura Interviewee
  • Smith, Rhonda Interviewee
  • Garvue, Bob Interviewee


This episode of the series “Folks” from February 13, 1983, features Rob Hinton and Genevieve Stewart’s report on the teacher shortage in Louisiana. Their report covers: the shortage of African American teachers; possible reasons for the teacher shortage, including more job opportunities for women in other professions, low salaries, and the use of the National Teacher Examination (NTE) as the only criterion for teacher certification; parishes recruiting teachers from out-of-state; and the possible impact of the black teacher shortage on black students. They interview: Dr. Antoine Garibaldi, the chairman of the Education Department at Xavier University in New Orleans; Dr. Hugh Peck, the associate superintendent for the Louisiana Department of Education; Shirley Williams, teacher; Barbara Encalarde, Laura Watson, and Rhonda Smith, education students at Xavier; and Dr. Bob Garvue, the chairman of the Louisiana NTE Task Force Committee.