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Legislative Report – April 19, 1984

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

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

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1984-04-19

Duration: 00:25:16

Subjects: Government | Day care centers | Louisiana World Exposition (1984: New Orleans, La.) | Banking Industry | Education | TEACHERS | Professional Improvement Program | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1984 | Politics


  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Host
  • DeVille, Terrel Interviewee
  • Long, Jimmy Interviewee
  • Clausen, Tom Interviewee
  • Davis, Mona Interviewee
  • Ducote, Jackie Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from April 19, 1984, features Robyn Ekings and Ken Johnson hosting a daily legislative report on the 1984 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. Johnson reports on the day’s headlines, including: an interview with Terrel DeVille on the proposed licensing of childcare centers; opposition to the proposed bailout of the 1984 World’s Fair in New Orleans; and opposition to the multi-parish banking proposal. Next, Johnson reports on Governor Edwin Edwards’ controversial $300 million education reform plan. His report includes interviews with State Representative Jimmy Long and State Superintendent of Education Tom Clausen. Lastly, Ekings and Johnson conduct an in-studio interview with Mona Davis, the head of Governor Edwards’ education transition team, and Jackie Ducote, the Vice President of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI). They discuss: the high cost of implementing Governor Edwards’ plan; the highest priorities within the plan; the proposed phase-out of the Professional Improvement Program (PIPS); Edwards’ proposed career ladder pay plan for teachers; and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (BESE) proposal for tougher graduation requirements.