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Stephen R. Barnes, Ph.D.
E.J. Ourso College of Business, LSU

Stephen Barnes is the Director of the LSU Division of Economic Development and Forecasting, an applied economics research unit of the E.J. Ourso College of Business at LSU.

He received his undergraduate degree from LSU and his Master’s and PhD in economics from The University of Texas at Austin.

His research as an economist focuses on health and labor economics and has published academic work on the interaction of the labor market and the demand for health insurance. In addition, Dr. Barnes has collaborated on the Louisiana Health Insurance Survey since 2007, which is a biennial survey offering the most comprehensive review of health insurance coverage in the state.

He is married to Ivy Barnes and they have four daughters: the oldest two, Stella (8) and Rayna (6), attend Westdale Heights Academic Magnet and the younger two Farrah (3) and Bliss (1) are headed that way as soon as they can catch up with their big sisters.

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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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