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Donna Fraiche
Chair of the Long Term Community Planning Task Force of the Louisiana Recovery Authority

Donna D. Fraiche is a shareholder in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge offices of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz and a member of the Health Law and Public Policy departments. She serves on the Firm's Nominating Committee and chairs its Women's Initiative. Ms. Fraiche serves as the Honorary Consul-General of Japan for New Orleans. She served as the first female President of the organization now known as the American Health Lawyers Association and is currently a Fellow of the Association. She concentrates her practice in the general representation of healthcare organizations, companies and individuals in major regulatory, public policy and litigation efforts.

Chair of the Louisiana Health Care Commission, Ms. Fraiche is a former member of the Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA) and served as Chair of the Long Term Community Planning Task Force and the Health Care Committee. She was the LRA delegate to the Louisiana Health Care Redesign Collaborative chartered to develop and oversee the blueprint for health care policy in Louisiana.

She has served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Loyola University and delivered the commencement address at the Law School graduation in 2001. She served as President and Chair of the Board of the World Trade Center, founded the New Orleans Regional Medical Center, and is a diplomate of the American College of Health Care Executives.

Ms. Fraiche has served on the adjunct faculty of Tulane University's School of Public Health and Administration and served as a preceptor for the residency program in health systems management. She participated in the Council for a Better Louisiana’s Leadership Louisiana 2005 program. She has served as a delegate to the Conference, "Governing in the Global Age" at George Washington University, The Elliot School of International Affairs.

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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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