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City of St. George Debates Goes National (2014)

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: 2014-07-11

Duration: 00:07:40

Subjects: City of St. George Incorporation Effort | Education | School integration.


  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Robertson, Mary Interviewee


This segment from the July 11, 2014, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Shauna Sanford’s interview with Mary Robertson, the producer of a PBS Frontline documentary called “Separate and Unequal.” The documentary focuses on the proposed pullout of St. George from the city of Baton Rouge in order to form a separate school district. Robertson discusses: why Frontline chose to focus on Baton Rouge; the unlimited access they were granted by the major players on both sides of the debate; the issue of race in the debate; the national trends surrounding segregation in schools; and the most important questions raised by the documentary.