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Forest Hill Elementary School Legal Battle Continues (1983)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Forest Hill, Rapides Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1983-04-08

Duration: 00:07:59

Subjects: Education | Desegregation | School integration. | Forest Hill Elementary School (Forest Hill, La.) | Community schools | United States. Court of Appeals (5th Circuit) | United States federal courts | Scott, Nauman, 1916-2001


  • George, Beth Host
  • Geltner, Naomi Reporter
  • Holloway, Clyde Interviewee
  • Lee, Bonnie Interviewee
  • Kurtz, Vivian Interviewee
  • Scott, Nauman Interviewee
  • Baier, Paul Interviewee
  • Roy, Chris Interviewee
  • Berry, Louis Interviewee


This segment from the April 8, 1983, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features a report on the plans to continue the legal battle over the reopening of Forest Hill Elementary School in Rapides Parish, despite a three judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals voting 2-1 not to reopen the school. This report touches on the resident’s plans to petition the 5th Circuit for a hearing before the full court and to continue running their own community school during the legal battle. It also includes an interview with Judge Nauman Scott, who closed the school as a part of his school desegregation plan for Rapides Parish. Host: Beth George