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Sen. John L. "Jack" Donahue, Jr. P.E.
(R); Senate & Governmental Affairs Committee Member

Senator Jack Donahue has been a resident of the Northshore for 38 years and is currently serving his first term in the Louisiana State Senate. Jack was elected on a platform of strong leadership, improving education for our children and fostering a business friendly environment in Louisiana to create jobs and opportunities for our youth. He serves on the following Senate Committees and Commissions:
• Senate Finance
• Senate Judiciary A, Vice-Chairman
• Senate Education
• Senate and Governmental Affairs
• Commission on Streamlining State Government, Chairman

Since being elected in 2007 Senator Donahue has received numerous honors and awards for his work in the Senate. To name just a few he was recently awarded the John J. Hainkel Leadership Award by the Republican Delegation and was named "Guardian of Small Business" by the National Federation of Independent Business, "Person of the Year" by the Associated Builders & Contractors Bayou Chapter, "Man of the Year" by the St. Tammany Republican Parish Executive Committee, "Outstanding Family Advocate" by the Louisiana Family Forum and "Business Champion" by the Southwest Chamber of Commerce.

Senator Donahue has been husband to Maura Walsh Donahue for twenty-two years and is father to a blended family of six children and seventeen grandchildren. He and his family are Catholic and are members of Mary Queen of Peace Church.

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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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