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Ashley Edwards
Policy Analyst to the Governor’s Office of Recovery and Renewal, Mississippi, Online Chat

Ashley Edwards joined Governor Haley Barbour's Office in February 2006. Today, he serves as the Deputy Director of Barbour’s Office of Recovery and Renewal, with the primary responsibility of coordinating Mississippi’s recovery efforts from Hurricane Katrina.

As Deputy Director of Recovery, Ashley is tasked with overseeing the more than $5.5 Billion in Mississippi's Katrina-related Community Development Block Grants, and more than $2 Billion in FEMA Public Assistance Funds. Ashley has taken a lead role in crafting and implementing many of Mississippi’s recovery programs, including the Alternative Housing Pilot Program, better known as the Mississippi Cottage Program.

Ashley began his professional career at the Hattiesburg Police Department where he worked as the department's Crime Analyst, managing the only accredited Crime Analysis Unit in Mississippi. Later, Ashley worked as journalist and editor in print media, covering state and local news. Ashley has also served in several active roles in past local, state and national political campaigns.

Ashley is a native of Petal, Mississippi, and an alumnus of The University of Southern Mississippi and Tulane University. Ashley and his wife lost their home in Pass Christian, Mississippi during Hurricane Katrina and have since relocated to Gulfport, Mississippi.

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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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