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Confronting Louisiana's Dropout Dilemma (2012)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2012-11-28

Duration: 00:57:57

Subjects: Education | High school dropouts | Filmed panel discussions


  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Scott, Robert Travis Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Goodson, Casey Interviewee
  • Cotton, Angela Interviewee
  • White, John Interviewee
  • Ross, Sara Interviewee
  • Muller, Leo Interviewee
  • Cooper, Destiny Interviewee
  • Bradford, Ken Panelist
  • Guin, Cecile Panelist
  • Monaghan, Steve Panelist
  • Smith, John Warner Panelist
  • Adams, Milton Speaker
  • Young, Samantha Speaker
  • LaCour, Mark Speaker
  • Gensler, Patrick Speaker
  • Courville, Keith Speaker
  • Anderson, Deborah Speaker


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from November 28, 2012, features Shauna Sanford and Robert Travis Scott leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on the efforts to lower Louisiana’s high school dropout rate. A background report on high school dropout intervention programs precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Casey Goodson, a teacher at Live Oak Middle School; Angela Cotton, a teacher at Vidalia Junior High School; Superintendent of Education John White; Sara Ross, City Year team leader; Leo Muller of Choices Education Group; and Destiny Cooper, a teacher at McKinley High School. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Ken Bradford of the Louisiana Department of Education; Dr. Cecile Guin of the LSU School of Social Work; Steve Monaghan of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers; and John Warner Smith of Education’s Next Horizon. They discuss: the Louisiana Legislature’s goal of an 80% graduation rate by 2014; the challenges faced by students; online learning programs; career and vocational education; the role of the business community; the importance of early childhood and middle school intervention; community partnerships; the importance of parental involvement; programs aimed at rural schools; and accommodating gifted and talented students. This program is a part of the American Graduate initiative.