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Educational Race to Reform (2010)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2010-02-24

Duration: 00:56:26

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Education | Educational change | Race to the Top | Federal aid to education | TEACHER EVALUATIONS | Teacher pay raises | Merit pay | Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education | Louisiana Association of Educators | Teach for America (Project) | Louisiana School Boards Association


  • Freeman, Craig Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Narrator
  • Budd, Sally Photographer
  • Bush, Charles Photographer
  • Crews, Keith Photographer
  • Fontenot, Jodie Photographer
  • Fortenberry, Rex Q. Photographer
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • Fontenot, Jodie Director
  • LaFleur, Donna Director
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Sanford, Shauna Producer
  • Johnson, Linda Interviewee
  • Roemer, Chas Interviewee
  • Kopplin, Andy Interviewee
  • Savoy, Wayne Interviewee
  • Mehlon, Julie Speaker
  • Robinson, Susan Speaker
  • Johannessen, Gay Speaker
  • Wilt, Lauren Speaker
  • Redding, Nannette Speaker
  • Casteel, Chad Speaker
  • Griffin, Jesse Speaker
  • Gibson, Meosha Speaker
  • Ballotta, Caitlin Speaker
  • Adams, LaShann Speaker
  • Lee, Walter Panelist
  • Haynes, Joyce Panelist
  • Kopplin, Andy Panelist
  • Senegal, Nolton, Sr. Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from February 24, 2010, features a discussion between the panelists and audience members on Louisiana’s application for a federal “Race to the Top” grant to encourage education reform. The panelists are: Walter Lee, BESE Board Member and DeSoto Parish School Board Superintendent; Joyce Haynes, President of the Louisiana Association of Educators; Andy Kopplin, Senior Advisor to the CEO of Teach for America; and Nolton Senegal, Sr., Executive Director of the Louisiana School Boards Association. They discussed: their support or disapproval of the “Race to the Top” program; the possibility of losing local control of the school systems to the federal government; how long the grant money will last; how the money will be distributed in the state; concerns over the grant stipulations related to teacher evaluations and pay raises; and the reforms needed in Louisiana public schools. Host: Craig FreemanNarrator: Shauna Sanford