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School Desegregation Panel Discussion (1981)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

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

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1981-09-04

Duration: 00:27:24

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | School boards | School board members | Education | School integration. | Desegregation | Busing for school integration | White flight | PRIVATE SCHOOLS | East Baton Rouge Parish (La.). School Board. | Rapides Parish (La.). School Board.


  • George, Beth Host
  • Blome, Ron Host
  • Fourrier, Clay Photographer
  • Harrison, Joseph Photographer
  • Bryan, William Photographer
  • Talley, Keith Photographer
  • Carroll, Mark Photographer
  • Blome, Ron Editor
  • Fuglaar, Bill Director
  • Blome, Ron Producer
  • George, Beth Producer
  • Arveson, Raymond Speaker
  • Robinson, Press Panelist
  • Crawford, Robert Panelist
  • Kellogg, Jo Ann Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from September 4, 1981, features Beth George leading a panel discussion with Press Robinson and Robert Crawford of the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board and Jo Ann Kellogg of the Rapides Parish School Board on the implementation of school desegregation plans ordered by the federal courts.  They discuss: concerns over white flight from the public school system and its effect on the system’s budget; the effect of the court orders on classroom instruction; the growth of private schools; communication with their constituents; the unpopularity of busing students away from neighborhood schools; the effect of population patterns on school desegregation; the construction of new schools; and the success of the 6th grade centers in Rapides Parish.  This discussion is preceded by a report on the first week of school in East Baton Rouge Parish under the federal court’s school desegregation plan.