Beth Courtney

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Airs Sunday, October 16, at 6 p.m. One national survey ranks Louisiana as 49th for academic achievement of public school students. Another national report ranks the state dead last. So, how well is the state’s public school system really performing? Where is there room for improvement? What will the new federal “Every Student Succeeds Act” mean for education in Louisiana? And how have the historic summer floods changed things?   Louisiana Public Square explores these issues and more on “Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” Wednesday, September 28 at 7 p.m.

Airs Sunday, March 6, at 6 p.m. On Governor John Bel Edwards' second day in office, he issued an executive order expanding Medicaid. An estimated 300,000 Louisiana residents will be eligible for coverage. How will the lives of these newly-insured change? What will the expansion mean for the cost of health care and insurance for everyone else? And how will hospitals and those with insurance from be affected? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Effects of Expansion: Medicaid in Louisiana.”
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Airs Sunday, April 3, at 6 p.m. If you’re currently accused of a crime in Louisiana but can’t afford to hire an attorney, you may literally be “Defense-less.” Public Defenders Offices in twelve Louisiana districts say they don’t have the resources to keep up with the demand for court-appointed attorneys. Six districts have put suspects on waiting lists for counsel.

Airs Sunday, January 31, at 6 p.m. What happens when police and the people they arrest have different versions of their encounters? Major cities in Louisiana are taking steps to try to solve that problem by equipping their officers with body cameras. So, how do they work and how expensive are they? How are communities covering their costs? Can body cameras deescalate volatile situations? And what privacy issues do they raise? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Police POV: Body Cameras in Louisiana.”

Airs sunday, November 22, at 6 p.m. Nearly one-fifth of Louisianans live below the poverty line. For an individual, that means an income of less than $11,770 a year. A family of four brings in less than $24,250. What is living in poverty like? What factors cause such a high percentage of the state’s population to live under such conditions? What hurdles are there to escaping poverty and how can they be overcome? Why is the gap widening between those who have the most and those who have the least? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Living Below the Line”