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Buddy Caldwell
Louisiana Attorney General

James D. “Buddy” Caldwell was sworn in as Louisiana's 43rd Attorney General on January 14, 2008. Prior to his election as the chief legal officer for the state of Louisiana, Buddy served for 29 years as the District Attorney for the parishes of East Carroll, Madison and Tensas. As District Attorney, Buddy personally tried most major felony cases in his three-parish district achieving a 99% conviction rate.

As Attorney General, Buddy is committed to the people of Louisiana. He is committed to protecting our children from those who use the Internet to prey on our children. His High Technology Crime Unit gives presentations across the state to students, educators and parents on how to stay safe on the Internet. Buddy is committed to keeping our children safe in school. He has advocated for installing cameras in and around the perimeters of schools and in school buses. Buddy knows the importance of working together to bring criminals to justice. With this in mind he created the Attorney General's Fugitive Apprehension Unit. This unit was created for the purpose of assisting local law enforcement agencies in locating and apprehending fugitives from justice.

In 2008 Buddy had the honor of being inducted into the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame. He also serves on the Executive Working Group on Prosecutorial Relations for the National Association of Attorneys General.

Buddy's roots run deep in northeast Louisiana. He was born May 20, 1946, the fourth of seven children, in Columbia located in Caldwell Parish. The family moved to Madison parish in 1949 and has lived there ever since.

Buddy attended Tallulah High School and graduated with honors. Not only did he excel in academics but also athletics. He lettered in basketball, football, and track, and played semi-professional baseball in north Louisiana. Buddy earned a Bachelor's degree from Tulane University where he also played football and ran track. In 1973 he received a law degree from Tulane Law School.

Buddy divides his time between Baton Rouge and Tallulah where he lives with his wife, Pat. Together, they have seven children and six grandchildren.

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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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