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Robert Barham
Secretary of the Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries

Robert Barham, of Oak Ridge, LA was appointed as Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary in January 2008. Prior to his current appointment he served as State Senator for Louisiana’s 33rd District, representing Morehouse, Union, East Carroll, West Carroll, and parts of Claiborne and Ouachita parishes, from 1994 - 2007. In the Senate, he served as chairman of the Homeland Security Committee and was a member of the Senate Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development Committee, Senate Natural Resources Committee, Senate Retirement Committee, and the Legislative Rural Task Force. He also served for eight years as Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee chairman.

In 1999, Barham received the Outstanding Legislator of the Year Award from the Louisiana Wildlife Federation and the National Award for Conservation of Natural Resources from the Daughters of the American Revolution. Barham was awarded the Outstanding Individual in Agriculture Award from the Louisiana Ag Council in 2000 and the Legislator of the Year Award from the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce in 2002. He is a 2007 Inductee into the LSUAA Hall of Distinction, and his family sponsored a scholarship in Wildlife Management and an exhibit in the LSU Museum of Natural History. Barham has a bachelor’s of science from LSU, a master’s degree from Northeast Louisiana University and is a graduate of LSU’s Ag Leadership School.

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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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