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Sex Education in Louisiana (1979)

Louisiana: The State We're In Special



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1979-05-15

Duration: 00:28:24

Subjects: Sex Education | Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1979 | Education


  • George, Beth Host
  • Blome, Ron Reporter
  • Edwards, Edwin Speaker
  • Johnson, Lanny Speaker
  • Scott, Jock Speaker
  • LaBorde, L.J. Speaker
  • LeBlanc, Sam Speaker
  • Jasper, Thomas Speaker
  • Jackson, Alphonse Speaker
  • Jenkins, Woody Speaker
  • Jackson, Alphonse Panelist
  • Jenkins, Woody Panelist
  • Pereboom, Margaret Panelist


This special episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from May 15, 1979, features an in-depth look at one of the major issues of the 1979 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature, bills lifting the ban on the teaching of sex education in public schools. Ron Blome first reports on the legislative action on the bill. His report includes: Governor Edwin Edwards discussing the legislation during his opening address; highlights of the debate in the House Education Committee; highlights of a rally held by opponents of the bill on the steps of the state capitol; and debate on the House floor, including comments by State Representatives Lanny Johnson, Jock Scott, L.J. LaBorde, Sam LeBlanc, Thomas Jasper, Alphonse Jackson, and Woody Jenkins. Beth George then moderates a panel discussion with State Representative Alphonse Jackson, State Representative Woody Jenkins, and Margaret Pereboom, a child psychologist and member of the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board. They discuss the confusion about the current law and their differing views on the bills under consideration.