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Reporters' Show - November 1978

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1978-11-24

Duration: 00:27:57

Subjects: Campaign Finance | Environment | Pollution | Education | Politics | Filmed panel discussions | Journalists | Nix, J. Kelly | TEACHERS | Teacher certification | National teacher examinations | Teacher tenure | Teacher pay raises | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1979 | Louisiana Association of Business and Industry | Elections, 1979 | Louisiana gubernatorial election, 1979 | LAMBERT, LOUIS | Political campaigns | Campaign advertising | Edwards, Edwin W. | Cherry, William A., 1924-2007 | Louisiana. Department of Health and Human Resources | Sewage


  • Blome, Ron Host
  • Jackson, Lyle Photographer
  • L'Herisson, Sandra Photographer
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Blome, Ron Reporter
  • George, Beth Producer
  • Wolf, Thom Director
  • Edwards, Edwin Speaker
  • Michaud, Larry Panelist
  • Lynch, Bill Panelist
  • Hill, John Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from November 24, 1978, features Ron Blome leading a panel discussion with three capitol reporters: Larry Michaud of the Baton Rouge Morning Advocate and State Times, Bill Lynch of the New Orleans States-Item and John Hill of the Monroe Morning World and Shreveport Times.  They discuss: the conflict between Superintendent of Education Kelly Nix and public school teachers over the requirement of passing the National Teacher Examination (NTE) for teacher certification and proposed changes to the existing teacher tenure law; the possibility of teacher pay raises in the 1979 legislative session; the involvement of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) in the 1979 statewide elections; the expected high cost of the gubernatorial campaigns in the 1979 election; Public Service Commission Chairman Louis Lambert beginning his gubernatorial campaign with inserts in newspapers across the state and billboards; the possibility of Governor Edwin Edwards supporting a candidate in the 1979 gubernatorial election; Dr. William Cherry, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources, taking a more proactive role in dealing with environmental issues, like air pollution; and the environmental issues facing the state, like sewage and pollution.  The beginning of this episode features a portion of a speech made by Governor Edwin Edwards at the convention of the Louisiana Association of Educators (LAE) addressing his support of teacher pay raises in 1979 and his disagreement with Superintendent Nix on reforming the teacher tenure law.