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John F. "Andy" Anders
Louisiana State Representative, District 21

John F. “Andy” Anders is the State Representative for District 21 which includes Concordia Parish and parts of Tensas, Madison and East Carroll Parishes. Representative Anders serves as chairman on the Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture and Rural Development Committee and also serves on the Insurance, Homeland Security and Joint Homeland Security Committee. He is a member of the Tensas -Concordia Soil and Water Conservation Board, the Concordia Farm Bureau Board and the State and Rural Agriculture Leadership. He is also a member of the Ferriday Rotary Club.

Anders graduated from Louisiana Tech University in 1979 with a bachelor degree in Agriculture and Business. He currently is a salesman for Goldman Equipment Company, the local John Deere Dealership and also raises cattle and hay.

He is married to Nancy Ratcliff Anders. They have three daughters, Dr. Bridget Anders Milliken, Dr. Rachel Anders and Emily Anders.

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09/16 - Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System

How well is the state’s public school system really performing?

One national survey ranks Louisiana as 49th for academic achievement of public school students. Another national report ranks the state dead last. So, how well is the state’s public school system really performing? Where is there room for improvement? What will the new federal “Every Student Succeeds Act” mean for education in Louisiana? And how have the historic summer floods changed things? Louisiana Public Square explores these issues and more on “Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” Wednesday, September 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE.

The panelists are
• Superintendent Michael Faulk, Central Community School System
• James D. Garvey, Jr. , BESE Board President
• Scott Richard, Executive Director, Louisiana School Boards Association
• Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith, D- Baton Rouge; House Education Committee

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and LSU Manship School of Mass Communication professor Robert Mann host the show. The program features interviews with Louisiana Education State Superintendent John White; Debbie Meaux, President of the Louisiana Association of Educators; Brigitte Nieland with the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and Caddo Parish School Superintendent Dr. Theodis Lamar Goree.

“Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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