The August 10, 2019 Free Press Headline read, "Kay Katz named to fill vacancy in Black Police Jury District." Mrs. Katz, a former State Representative and city councilwoman has a reputation as a "people person", but she is also an unapologetic Donald Trump supporter. Her appointment sparked outrage in the Black community. This podcast features insights on the issue including thoughts from the Reverend James Jackson, pastor of the Faith Harvest Baptist Church and Kay Katz.
The headline reads, "Fred Jones to run for District 16 Representative seat." This podcast looks at the race that is shaping up between the next member of the legendary Jones Family to seek election and two others bidding for election in the 2019 fall election.
Headline: "Four principals assigned to the "Principal's Graveyard." A front-page editorial in the July 13, 2019, Free Press called for the school board to start looking for a new superintendent in the aftermath of his fourth assignment of principals to the "Principal's Graveyard." His senseless games the education of students and careers of educators is causing major problems and wasting tremendous resources. Assigning four principals to Sherrouse Alternative School, which only has about 40 students, is another sign of his incompetence. That's the subject of this podcast.
The state Supreme Court ordered Judge Jefferson to give a life sentence to a man over Jefferson's objection. This podcast looks at the details of the headline "Supreme Court forces Jefferson to give suspect life sentence." June 29, 2019
Rev. Ike Byrd announced that he will be a candidate for Monroe Mayor in 2020. That raised eyebrows because Rev. Byrd has been a supporter of Mayor Jamie Mayo for many years. This podcast looks at the backstory about the upcoming 2020 Mayor's race in Monroe, La.
In the June 8, 2019 issue of the Free Press the headline read, "Anti-Abortion fight in Louisiana includes area female legislators." Rep. Katrina Jackson (D-16) and Rep. Pat Moore (D-17) were among women who voted for this law. In this podcast Rep. Jackson explains her tough abortion vote.
Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo will be seeking another term as Monroe Mayor in the spring of 2020. The question that some are asking is whether or not it's a good idea for anyone, no matter how well they have served to serve for life. The May 18, 2019 editorial in the Free Press was captioned: "Sides taking shape as fresh face prepares challenge to Mayo in 2020." This podcast looks at the three mayors in the past who have served long terms and their legacies.
In the May 11, 2019 Edition of the Monroe Free Press, there was a story about community concerns about public education. A subheading read "Magnet Components should be emphasized." Alumni of Carroll want to know what programs at Carroll make it so unique that it can still be called a magnet. During a recent meeting of the school board's Curriculum Committee chaired by Better Cooper, this is was discussed. That is the subject of this podcast. Follow this podcast to keep informed about new posts.
The May 18, 2019 headline read, "School Board approves charter, Willson, Vidrine working to flip a black board member." After approving the J.W. Brown Laboratory School's charter application, Monroe City School Superintendent Brent Vidrine and Board chairperson Bill "Willson" went to work, behind the scenes, to get one black board member to flip. Since blacks have a supermajority on the board, the ability to flip a black board member to break the coalition has major implications and is the subject of this podcast.
The headline in the May 11, 2019 Free Press was, "Tempers flare as leaders focus on school system deficiencies." The story details the frustrations of six different community groups about the direction of the city school system which is boasting improvements, but graduating students with low ACT scores, and many with diplomas that are not accepted by universities. This week's podcast explains the tone of those two meetings.