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Dropout Dilemma: Louisiana's Education Crisis (2011)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2011-10-26

Duration: 00:56:00

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | High school dropouts | Education


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Poling, Kermit Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Lincoln, Sue Producer
  • Doughty, Damon Tremell Interviewee
  • Wright, Tonesha Interviewee
  • Perez, Kimberly Interviewee
  • Hughes, Scott Interviewee
  • Johnson, Janaya Interviewee
  • Reed, Antarius Interviewee
  • Hammons, Lora Interviewee
  • Letendre, Cathy Interviewee
  • Smith, Anthony Interviewee
  • Fortune, Justin Interviewee
  • Schum, Debbie Interviewee
  • Rangus, Adam Interviewee
  • Downs, Hollis Panelist
  • Schum, Debbie Panelist
  • Hughes, Scott Panelist
  • Hammons, Lora Panelist
  • Smith, John Warner Panelist
  • Lansdale, Jackie Speaker
  • Thomas, Clarissa Speaker
  • Scoggin, Sabra Speaker
  • Walton, Anna Speaker
  • Salvatore, Brian Speaker
  • Roberson, Shirley Speaker
  • Bell, Dottie Speaker
  • Perez, Kimberly Speaker


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from October 26, 2011, features Shauna Sanford leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on Louisiana’s high school dropout rate. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: State Representative Hollis Downs, a member of the House Education Committee; Debbie Schum, the Deputy Superintendent of College and Career Readiness for the Louisiana Department of Education; Scott Hughes, the executive director of the Alliance for Education; Lora Hammons, an English teacher at Ruston High School; and John Warner Smith, the founder and CEO of Education’s Next Horizon. They discuss: the profile of students who are at risk for dropping out of school; dropout prevention programs; job training programs at the middle and high school levels; building a knowledge-based economy; cultivating the relationships between teachers and students; and the importance of early childhood education. This episode was recorded on the campus of LSU-Shreveport in partnership with Red River Radio. Hosts: Beth Courtney, Shauna Sanford, and Kermit Poling