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High School Dropouts: A Second Chance for Louisiana (1986)



Genre: Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1986-10-01

Duration: 00:27:26

Subjects: High school dropouts | Education | Teenage pregnancy | Poverty


  • Stewart, Genevieve Host
  • Vann, Linda Reporter
  • Morgan, Angelin Interviewee
  • Lundy, George Interviewee
  • McCoy, Charles Interviewee
  • Hutchinson, Rebecca Interviewee
  • Varino, George Guest
  • Glapion, Gail Guest
  • Duplantier, Suzanne Interviewee
  • Copeland, Wanda Interviewee
  • Singleton, Greg Interviewee
  • Ferguson, Cleveland Interviewee


This program from October 1, 1986, features Genevieve Stewart reporting on Louisiana’s 43% high school dropout rate and possible solutions to the problem. This local program followed a national broadcast on the issue. Stewart first reports on some of the reasons why students drop out of high school, including teenage pregnancy and poverty. She interviews: Angelin Morgan, the director of the Teen Parent Center in Baton Rouge; Father George Lundy of Loyola University; Charles McCoy, chairman of the Louisiana Friends of Education; and Rebecca Hutchinson of Northdale Academy, an alternative school for at-risk youth in Baton Rouge. Next, Stewart conducts an in-studio interview with Dr. George Varino, the director of the Valley Park Adult Education Center, and Gail Glapion, the vice president of the Orleans Parish School Board and organizer of the New Orleans Task Force for Dropout Prevention. They discuss: the reasons why students drop out of school; dropout prevention programs in the state; and the roles of parents and teachers in dropout prevention. Next, Linda Vann reports on the work of the Valley Park Adult Education Center in preparing former high school dropouts for the GED. She interviews: Suzanne Duplantier, adult education counselor; Wanda Copeland, GED graduate; Greg Singleton, GED student; and Cleveland Ferguson, GED student. Lastly, Stewart reports on LPB’s upcoming television course to prepare adults for the GED.