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The Value of Teachers (2019)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2019-01-23

Duration: 00:58:02

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Education | TEACHERS | STATE BUDGET | Teacher pay raises


  • Erwin, Barry Host
  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Gilmore, Amelia Interviewee
  • Courville, Keith Interviewee
  • Waguespack, Stephen Interviewee
  • Landry, Nancy Interviewee
  • Magee, Kristin Speaker
  • Harrelson, Nancy S. Speaker
  • Joseph, Kelli Speaker
  • Schum, Debbie Speaker
  • Patrick, John Garrett Speaker
  • Spaulding, Monique Speaker
  • Sam, Carlos Speaker
  • Vinsant, Laura Speaker
  • Posey, Cynthia Speaker
  • Songy, Donald Panelist
  • Appel, Conrad Panelist
  • Meaux, Debbie Panelist
  • Faulk, Michael Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from January 23, 2019, features Barry Erwin leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on Governor John Bel Edwards’ $1,000 teacher pay raise proposal. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Amelia Gilmore, an elementary school teacher; Dr. Keith Courville, the executive director of Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana; Stephen Waguespack, the president and CEO of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) and a member of the MFP Task Force; and State Representative Nancy Landry, the chairwoman of the House Education Committee. The audience members then discuss the impact of the lack of salary increases on teacher morale and whether $1,000 is an adequate pay raise. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Donald Songy, an education policy advisor in the Office of Governor John Bel Edwards; State Senator Conrad Appel, a member of the Senate Education Committee; Debbie Meaux, the president of the Louisiana Association of Educators; and Michael Faulk, the executive director of the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents. They discuss: the pay raise proposal; how to administer the pay raises; teacher accountability; the inequities between school districts in the state; the funding for K-12 education; the teacher retirement system; teacher shortages; and state budget priorities. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Barry Erwin