Dan Juneau has been president of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry since 1989. He has spent over a quarter of a century fighting for key reforms necessary to improve Louisiana’s business climate and strengthen its economy.
Dan understands the challenges facing businesses at the local level from the perspective he gained by serving as general manager of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce for 14 years. On the national level, he was twice elected by his peers to serve as Chairman of the Council of State Chambers of Commerce, and he currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Council of State Manufacturers Association (COSMA).
Dan and LABI have worked forcefully to improve education at all levels in Louisiana. Juneau is a strong supporter of alternative education and serves as the Chairman of the School Improvement Team at Northdale Magnet Academy, one of Louisiana’s first alternative high schools for at-risk youth. Dan is also a member of the governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission for Educational Excellence and, in addition to promoting educational choices for parents, Dan works hard to get qualified people into the classrooms by supporting alternative teaching programs such as those offered by Teach for America and The New Teacher Project.
Juneau feels that intervention in the legislative arena is a must for economic development and business success, and he firmly believes that an organized, unified approach from all sectors of the business community is the key to success at the Legislature.
Dan, and his wife Charmaine, have three children and two grandchildren.
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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