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Charles Reith
Adjunct Professor at Tulane Board of Directors of the Alliance for Affordable Energy

Charles Reith serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Affordable Energy, a nonprofit based in New Orleans that advocates ratepayer rights and environmentally responsible policies relative to energy, pollution, and global warming. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Management at The AB Freeman School of Business and The Payson Center for International Development, both at Tulane University. Dr. Reith founded and owns several small businesses and has been very active in the post-Katrina rebuild, serving on committees and preparing white papers that articulate the opportunities for environmental stewardship during this re-formative period.

Pre-Katrina, he maintained an active international consulting practice, guiding major corporations and ministries in countries such as Abu Dhabi, Peru, and Trinidad on methods of energy efficiency, reduced risk, and improved performance relative to global warming. He first came to Louisiana in 1994 to serve as Vice President for Environmental Safety and Health at DynMcDermott Petroleum Operations Company, where he oversaw environmental issues on the Department of Energy's Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

Before coming to Louisiana, Dr. Reith worked for Jacobs Engineering, planning and supervising projects to clean up toxic contamination and safely dispose of radioactive waste. He has published three books and dozens of technical articles on environmental technology, green business, and sustainable development.

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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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