Throughout her professional career, Ann Silverberg Williamson has been committed to serving children and families in both the nonprofit and governmental sectors. Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco appointed Williamson as Louisiana's secretary of the Department of Social Services (DSS) in 2004 after more than two years as assistant secretary in the Office of Family Support and as DSS deputy secretary. She developed the first Louisiana's Promise "Summit for Youth" and coordinated community-based followup for then-Lt. Gov. Blanco. Secretary Williamson graduated with honors from Louisiana State University with a master's degree in social work and from Wofford College, Spartanburg, S.C., with a bachelor's degree in theology.
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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