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Southern University Looking to Authorize Charters

Oct 16, 2015
John Oubre | Southern University

Southern University's Board of Supervisors voted for the university to apply as a local charter school authorizer last month. If the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approves their application, Southern University will be the first university system to be a local charter authorizer in Louisiana.


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There’s a new president of the Southern University System, and he’s looking at the system’s struggles from a new perspective.

“We can make a difference. We should be making a difference,” says Dr. Ray Belton.

Belton, who previously served as chancellor of Southern-Shreveport before taking on the combined duties of system president and chancellor of the Baton Rouge campus three weeks ago, has ideas about making Southern more inclusive.


Rather than attending the Washington, D.C. Mardi Gras festivities, or Iowa’s Freedom Summit for GOP presidential hopefuls, Governor Bobby Jindal courted a base for a possible 2016 presidential run, keynoting both the Louisiana Right to Life March and his own “The Response” prayer rally. The two events were held concurrently on the campus of LSU.


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Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron, CEO of the YWCA-USA, and Jennifer Shoub, CEO of the YWCA Baton Rouge, both join us in studio for the first segment of today's show. From the abolition of slavery to equal and fare minimum wages, the YWCA has worked 156 years to end racism and empower women, and today they discuss their efforts to end domestic violence in Louisiana communities and the country.

Mark Ballard, the Editor of the Capitol News Bureau for The Advocate, is with us to discuss the possible candidate runoffs we could see after November 4th, and what the housing situation is with most of the candidates running for office. With the big fuss being made over U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's official residency status, Mark addressed the broader issue and wrote an article discussing the houses of all of the major candidates. 

Also, Southern University Law Center Vice Chancellor John Pierre and National Bar Association President Pamela Meanes are with us for the last portion of today's show to discuss the upcoming Wiley A. Branton Symposium at the Southern University Law Center on October 30th & 31st. The event marks the 25th Anniversary of the National Bar Association's Symposium, and the main topic will be focusing on education as the new civil right. For more info, visit sulc.edu.


Former Louisiana Governor and candidate for Louisiana's 6th Congressional District Edwin Edwards joins us for the first part of today's show. Edwards discusses his stance on certain issues like abortion, the U.S.-Mexico border, American troops in Afghanistan, and much, much more.

Southern University Faculty Senate President Dr. Thomas Miller and Vice President Dr. Albert Samuels drop by the studio to discuss their disagreements with SU President Dr. Ronald Mason and the remarks Dr. Mason made on our show on Monday.

Also, Bob Jacobsen from the Louisiana Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers closes out today's show with Jim to discuss the ASCE Louisiana Chapter's 100th anniversary this year. The anniversary will be celebrated this Saturday August 9th at the Renaissance Hotel in Baton Rouge, La.


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