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Back to School (2004)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Lafayette, Lafayette Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2004-08-18

Duration: 00:56:56

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Education | TEACHERS | Educational tests and measurements | Educational accountability | United States. No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 | Picard, Cecil J.


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Zewe, Charles Host
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Desselle, Stephanie Interviewee
  • DeCuir, Barbara Interviewee
  • Amato, Anthony Interviewee
  • Brandt, Jim Interviewee
  • Jacobs, Leslie Interviewee
  • Privat, Ruby Speaker
  • Washington, Felicia Speaker
  • Frederick, John Speaker
  • Miller, Gibson Speaker
  • DeMoura, Crystal Speaker
  • Prejean, Wayne Speaker
  • Baudoin, Kyle Speaker
  • Haskin, Verna Speaker
  • Landreneau, Ned Speaker
  • Hayes, Sheila Speaker
  • Washington, Mary Panelist
  • Buquet, Glenny Lee Panelist
  • Picard, Cecil Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from August 18, 2004, features Charles Zewe leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on K-12 public education in Louisiana. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Stephanie Desselle of the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL); Barbara DeCuir, a high school teacher; Superintendent Anthony Amato of the Orleans Parish Public Schools; Jim Brandt of the Public Affairs Research Council (PAR); and Leslie Jacobs, a member of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE). The audience members then discuss: teacher quality in Louisiana; low teacher pay; the importance of parental involvement; the recent emphasis on standardized testing; and the state’s accountability standards. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are BESE Board Member Mary Washington, BESE Board President Glenny Lee Buquet, and State Superintendent of Education Cecil Picard. They discuss: high stakes testing; the state’s accountability standards; the federal No Child Left Behind standards; technology in the classroom; school vouchers; and how the state is working to improve failing schools. This episode was recorded at the Lafayette Natural History Museum in Lafayette, Louisiana. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Charles Zewe