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Rep. Page Cortez
(R) Lafayette; House Appropriations Committee

Representative Cortez was elected to office in October of 2007. He serves District 43 which encompasses south Lafayette, Broussard, and the Youngsville area. Upon his swearing in on January 14, 2008, he was appointed to the Insurance Committee, Appropriations Committee and Retirement Committee. He also serves on the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget, The Energy Council, and the LA Property and Casualty Insurance Commission. Rep. Cortez is a
member of the Acadiana and Republican Delegations.

Page Cortez is a successful small businessman. He is co-owner and operator of Stoma's Furniture and Interiors in Baton Rouge and La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries in Lafayette. Before entering the business world, he was a teacher/coach for several years.

Page is very active in his community. He has served on the School Board of Our Lady of Fatima School and as a member of the Lafayette Parks and Recreation Commission. He has worked with Acadiana Outreach, the Boys and Girls Club of Acadiana, The Children's Shelter, and the Games of Acadiana to benefit the Miles Perret Center for Cancer Services.

Page is married to Angela Stoma Cortez and they have two children, Matthew and Maria.

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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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