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Kenneth Campbell
president of the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO)

Kenneth L. Campbell, a founding Board Member of the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO), was selected as the organization’s President in January 2010. BAEO’s mission is to increase access to high-quality educational options for Black children by supporting parental choice policies and programs that empower low-income and working class Black families. The organization celebrated its tenth anniversary in March during Symposium 2010 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Before he accepted the BAEO presidency, Mr. Campbell had served as Director of Charter Schools for the Louisiana Department of Education since 2007, where he helped to create an environment where charter schools could grow and thrive in New Orleans and the rest of the state.

Mr. Campbell, a strong advocate for high quality educational options for Black children has worked to support the creation of high quality charter schools for more than 15 years. He played a key role in helping to establish a strong charter school movement in Washington, D.C. during the 1990s. He was part of the initial effort that worked to get one of the country’s best charter school laws passed for the District. He also created the D.C. Charter School Resource Center to ensure there was an environment in DC where charter schools could be successful and to teach people how to start new charter schools.

During the 1990’s and early 2000’s, Mr. Campbell helped to establish charter schools in urban areas across the country, working with Mosaica Education, Inc. Prior to his position with the Louisiana Department of Education, he spent almost four year years in Doha, Qatar, where he helped the country’s leadership in its efforts to convert its existing public schools into charter schools, as part of the most progressive school reform effort ever attempted in the Middle East.

Mr. Campbell was also a founding Board Member of Building Excellent Schools, which works to raise the quality of urban charter schools in the United States by helping entrepreneurial individuals design, build and maintain excellent schools in under-served communities while building partnerships and networks of support.

Mr. Campbell served in the United States Army and retired from the U.S. Army Reserve as a Captain in 2005. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Averett College in Virginia and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Touro University International. He resides just outside Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife, Shelia and eleven-year-old son.

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08/16 - Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference (encore)

What difference has a decade made?

Due to severe flooding in Baton Rouge and the surrounding communities, the recording of “Black & The Blue,” which was to be the August episode of Louisiana Public Square, was cancelled. Instead we will be broadcasting an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference.” More information, including broadcast dates and times, is below.

“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference”
Eleven years ago, Hurricane Katrina swept through Southeast Louisiana, triggering what would become the nation’s costliest disaster. Less than a month later, Hurricane Rita inundated Southwest Louisiana forever altering the landscape. The storms uprooted residents, while the rest of Louisiana and its neighboring states welcomed them with open arms.
What affect did the storms have on economic development along the I-10 corridor? Just over a decade later, how have public services changed? How prepared is Louisiana to handle hurricane evacuees? And how did the hurricanes change the demographics of the state?
This month Louisiana Public Square takes a look at where the state is now on an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” airing Wednesday, August 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 21 at 11 a.m. on LPB HD.

The panelists are:
· Andy Kopplin, Office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
· Paul Rainwater, Rainwater Consulting, LLC
· Stephanie Riegel, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
· Nihal Shrinath, The Data Center

The program includes interviews with Jason El Koubi, One Acadiana; Chris Guilbeaux, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP); Kathy Kliebert, Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals; Allison Plyer, Executive Director of the Data Center; John White, State Superintendent of Education; and Christopher Bohnstengel and “Byrdie” Lane, owners of Byrdie’s Gallery and Café in New Orleans.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and Kim Hunter Reed,Ph.D., who served in the Blanco administration during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, moderate the discussion.
“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” will also air in New Orleans, on WLAE. It 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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