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The Jim Engster Show
10:16 am
Thu February 28, 2013

FRIDAY: State Treasurer John N. Kennedy

State Treasurer John Kennedy talks with Jim about the Governor's 2013 proposed state budget and state government spending.

Audio should be posted by 11 am on Friday,  March 1

Re-segregation
9:41 am
Thu February 28, 2013

When And Why School Districts Re-segregate

Micky Zegaye (left) works with a tutor at Fugee Academy in Clarkston, GA.
Credit Maura Walz / Southern Education Desk

Since the 1970s, federal court orders have governed how many Southern communities integrated their public schools. But new research shows, as those orders have been lifted, school districts are gradually re-segregating.


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State Pensions
5:44 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Cash Balance Plan Could Tiptoe Back to Lawmakers

Chairman of the House Retirement Committee, Representative Kevin Pearson, brought forth the Jindal-backed cash balance plan last session.
Credit Louisiana Legislature

Representative Kevin Pearson, chairman of the House Retirement Committee, has prepared a bill that he hopes will improve the cash balance plan – despite that the plan is the subject of ongoing litigation. The plan was overturned in court because it didn’t get a two-thirds vote in the legislature. 

If the State Supreme Court does uphold the decision, the bill could be used as a safety-net, and the cash balance plan could be brought before the legislature a second time.


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The Jim Engster Show
10:49 am
Wed February 27, 2013

THURSDAY: Author A.E. Hotchner; Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols

Jim speaks with Ernest Hemingway biographer A.E. Hotchner about his latest book "O.J. in the Morning, G&T at Night".

Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols discusses Governor Jindal's budget and tax reform proposals.


Re-segregation
9:55 am
Wed February 27, 2013

“Bring Back The White Kids”: A Fight To Integrate In Rural Mississippi

Angela Merritt, with daughters Gabby and Larasha, is working to reintegrate Tate County Schools.
Credit Kristian Weatherspoon

In Coldwater, MS, the student body was divided after the construction of a new school. That has sparked debate over whether separate can be equal.


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Education Overhaul
5:37 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Watching the Charter School Movement Play Out

Credit Bloomsbury Press

Journalist Sarah Carr spent a year chronicling the lives of a skeptical teenager, a fresh-faced teacher, and a veteran principal in three separate charter schools in New Orleans for her new book, “Hope Against Hope.”

Some of the same players who orchestrated the makeover of public education in the Crescent City after Hurricane Katrina are trying to do the same thing in Baton Rouge, without the prompting of a natural disaster.

Supporters of the movement hold up charter schools as the salvation of American education. Critics say the overhaul will lead to its ruination. What Carr found was a lot of gray.


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Tax Reforms
4:28 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Tax Reform Risks Local Services, Tax Elections

Do you pay your neighbor's son to mow your lawn? Under Gov. Jindal's tax plan, he may legally have to add a sales tax to his total. -But that's only if that service is approved to be taxed by the parish you live in, according to the state constitution.
Credit flickr.com/idiolector/

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are voicing their skepticism of Governor Bobby Jindal’s tax overhauls. The forum this morning: an annual pre-session briefing hosted by the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry.

Jim Patterson of LABI kicked off the presentation with what he’s heard from legislators about their private talks with Governor regarding his still unreleased tax overhauls. "[Gov. Jindal] does want to conform the local sales tax base to the state tax base," Patterson said. "This will help local governments to absorb what are going to be some relegation of services by the state to them.


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Affordable Care Act
1:51 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Failure To Expand Medicaid To Directly Effect Low-To-Moderate Income New Orleans Residents

Gov. Bobby Jindal has remained steadfast thus far in his opposition to expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act saying it’s too expensive and that Medicaid is an outdated, inflexible program. 

Not expanding Medicaid it will have a direct effect on low-to-moderate income New Orleanians.

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The Jim Engster Show
11:47 am
Tue February 26, 2013

WEDNESDAY: LA Entertainment's Chris Stelly, Novelist Stephen Maitland-Lewis

Chris Stelly, from the Louisiana Entertainment office of the Department of Economic Development, talks with Jim about the Bayou State's film & TV industry and controversial film tax credits.

Novelist and storyteller Stephen Maitland-Lewis discusses his latest book, "Ambition".


Re-segregation
6:49 am
Tue February 26, 2013

'Segregation Academies': Past and Definitely Present

Pickens Academy Class of 2012
Credit Dan Carsen / Southern Education Desk

The history of education in the South is woven to the history of race. When whites saw public-school integration coming, many started private schools, sometimes called "segregation academies" – and they still play a role.


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