WATCH LIVE: LA gubernatorial hopefuls to face off in education forum

The 77th Annual Convention of the

will feature a gubernatorial forum for the first time ever on today, and KSLA News 12 will stream the forum live on

and on the


The forum will take place at the Shreveport Convention Center beginning at 9:30 a.m. and will be moderated by KSLA News 12 Anchor Domonique Benn.

"This year's convention is quickly promising to be one of the most highly attended in LSBA history," said LSBA Executive Director Scott Richard.

"Public education in Louisiana could not be at a more critical juncture," Richard said. We have suffered years of repeated budget cuts and increasing encroachment of public tax education dollars by private, for-profit corporations. 

LSBA has taken a leadership role in insisting that decision-makers step away from the politics and focus instead on providing a quality educational environment for our teachers and students in the classrooms. This year's convention will concentrate on how we strengthen that effort, especially as we welcome newly elected board members from around the state."

The forum will feature four Gubernatorial candidates:

* (R) Scott Angelle: Public Service Commissioner, Breaux Bridge

* (R) Jay Dardenne: Louisiana Lieutenant Governor

* (R) David Vitter: U.S. Senator for Louisiana

* (D) John Bel Edwards: Louisiana State Representative, District 72

The candidates will be asked a total of six questions focused on and around the public education system in the state of Louisiana.

An audience of 600 is expected to attend the forum, including:

* 460 out of the 643 elected school board members

* 55 out of the 69 local superintendents

* 85 other district staff members.

Opening remarks and answers for questions will be timed.

The forum continues until 11:30 a.m. in Exhibit Hall 2, Level 1 of the Shreveport Convention Center.

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