The argument for protecting school choice


red bayou showAs Governor John Bel Edwards begins his attack on Louisiana’s school voucher program, scholarship program, and charter schools, Scott McKay and Brian Haldane talk with former State Senator and current President of the Louisiana Federation for Children, Ann Duplessis in this episode of The Red Bayou Show. As a New Orleans native, Mrs. Duplessis has seen first hand how bad Louisiana’s public schools can get, and what school choice can mean to turn things around. Mrs. Duplessis talks about the growth and retention rates of the state’s voucher program. She talks about the test scores, improvements in the lives of those participating, and she talks about what is at stake when these programs are threatened. Going beyond that, Mrs. Duplessis acknowledges that her organization is geared up for a good fight to protect vouchers, and stresses that winning this fight is critical to Louisiana’s educational success.

After their conversation with Mrs. Duplessis, Scott and Brian dive into the Presidential primary as Scott shares what he can from a meeting he had with a member of Louisiana’s Congressional delegation. specifically, he addresses the rumors of Paul Ryan being thrown in as a last minute nominee at the Republican Convention in Cleveland.

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Brian Haldane

Brian started in radio in late 2004 as a part-time board operator, but “made his bones” in the business a year later when Hurricane Katrina struck, catapulting him into a full time position covering both news and production of live broadcasts. Haldane was promoted to Program Director in 2008 and held that post until 2011 when he was recruited to help launch a new station. In 2011, Brian helped launch Talk 107.3 FM. He was the morning show co-host, and helped build the show and the station into a top 10 performer. From there, Brian has moved on to work in Inbound Marketing, where he strives to marry the worlds of traditional advertising w/ the marketing methods of tomorrow. He also hosts a number of podcasts, including The Red Bayou Show, which is featured here.

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