Louisiana Public Square http://redriverradio.org en Louisiana Public Square: Charter School Checkup http://redriverradio.org/post/louisiana-public-square-charter-school-checkup <p><strong>Airs, Sunday, October 20 at 6 p.m.&nbsp;</strong> A national report says Louisiana charter school students learn faster than their peers in traditional public schools. That’s not the case, though, if those charters are in suburban or rural parishes. There&nbsp; are over 100 charter schools throughout the state with the nation’s largest percentage of public charter school students in New Orleans. So, how effective are charter schools in Louisiana? Are they&nbsp; delivering promised educational dividends or putting taxpayers’ dollars at risk? And when measuring success, do charter schools compete with traditional public schools on a level playing field in the&nbsp; areas of admissions and accountability? Sun, 20 Oct 2013 23:00:00 +0000 34108 at http://redriverradio.org Louisiana Public Square: Charter School Checkup Louisiana Public Square: Gay in Louisiana http://redriverradio.org/post/louisiana-public-square-gay-louisiana <div><strong>Airs Sunday, September 15 at 6 p.m. &nbsp;</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in June will allow some federal benefits for same-sex couples that were legally married elsewhere but live in Louisiana. But what other impact will it have in the state? Louisiana passed a constitutional amendment in 2004 that defines marriage as "between one man and one woman" and denies the recognition of gay unions. In light of the High Court’s decision, could Louisiana’s Defense of Marriage Amendment be challenged? Does Louisiana’s current position on gay marriage threaten the recruitment of employers to the state? And do legislative attempts to recognize gay rights achieve equal protection at the expense of another’s religious freedom? Louisiana Public Square pursues the answers to these questions and more when it explores the issues involved when you’re “Gay in Louisiana.”</span></div><p> Sun, 15 Sep 2013 23:00:00 +0000 33249 at http://redriverradio.org Louisiana Public Square: Gay in Louisiana LA Public Square: Preventable - HIV & AIDS in Louisiana http://redriverradio.org/post/la-public-square-preventable-hiv-aids-louisiana <div><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Airs Sunday, August 4 at 6 p.m. &nbsp;</span></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Baton Rouge and New Orleans rank </span>2nd<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span>3rd<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> among America’s largest metropolitan areas for the rate of new HIV&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">diagnoses. For AIDS cases, Baton Rouge and New Orleans rank </span>1st<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span>5th<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Nearly one-third of new cases for both diseases are among women, and more than three-quarters of new&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">diagnoses are among blacks. So how is Louisiana confronting this health issue? Who is most at-risk? Do new testing methods exacerbate the problem? Is the solution just more funding and&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">education? Where is the line drawn between individual responsibility and government intervention? Louisiana Public Square searches for answers to these issues and more.</span></div><p> Sun, 04 Aug 2013 23:00:00 +0000 31260 at http://redriverradio.org LA Public Square: Preventable - HIV & AIDS in Louisiana Louisiana Public Square: Education Reform 2012 http://redriverradio.org/post/louisiana-public-square-education-reform-2012-0 <p><strong>Airs Friday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m.</strong>&nbsp; What will the changes to the state&rsquo;s education system mean for Louisiana&rsquo;s public schools? Much of Governor Jindal&rsquo;s education reform package has passed this legislative session, including creating America&rsquo;s largest school voucher program, tying teacher pay to test scores and granting more authority to principals and superintendents. While debate still continues on some proposals, Louisiana Public Square takes time to explore what the changes mean for parents, students, teachers and taxpayers on its April edition, Education Reform 2012. Sat, 28 Apr 2012 00:00:00 +0000 10344 at http://redriverradio.org Louisiana Public Square: Education Reform 2012 Louisiana Public Square: Education Reform 2012 http://redriverradio.org/post/louisiana-public-square-education-reform-2012 <p><strong>Airs Friday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m.</strong>&nbsp; What will the changes to the state&rsquo;s education system mean for Louisiana&rsquo;s public schools? Much of Governor Jindal&rsquo;s education reform package has passed this legislative session, including creating America&rsquo;s largest school voucher program, tying teacher pay to test scores and granting more authority to principals and superintendents. Fri, 27 Apr 2012 05:00:00 +0000 10286 at http://redriverradio.org Louisiana Public Square: Education Reform 2012