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Assistant Superintendent, Louisiana Department of Education

Donna Nola-Ganey is the Assistant Superintendent at the Louisiana Department of Education, Office of School and Community Support. She is responsible for the administration of three divisions: (1) Division of Nutrition Assistance, (2) Division of Dropout Prevention/Adult & Family Services, and (3) Division of Student Learning and Support.

Some of the program areas in these divisions administered by this position are Dropout Prevention, Positive Behavior Support, nutrition, health, after school, migrant education and Title IV Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities. Several of these programs are Center for Disease Control (CDC) funded.

A new section was created in Ms. Ganey’s office entitled, "Coordinated School Health." This section brings together the many programs and initiatives in the department related to children’s health, and coordinates with agencies across the state involved with child and health issues.

Ms. Ganey has served in an administrative capacity in the Department of Education for over 30 years. She has also served as a teacher in the public school system. She has a BS and a M.Ed. from Louisiana State University.

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     02/17 - Black & the Blue

What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve?
Last year’s shooting of an African-American male in Baton Rouge by two white police officers re-ignited a national debate on how law enforcement interacts with minority communities. Nationwide demonstrations were ultimately marred by the targeted ambush of 12 white officers in Dallas and the killing of three members of law enforcement in Baton Rouge. What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve? How can Louisiana’s Capital City productively move beyond these events? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on a special town hall edition, “Black & the Blue” Wednesday, February 22 at 7pm; Sunday, February 26 at 1pm and Tuesday, February 28 at 10pm after the State of the Union address on LPB HD. In New Orleans on WLAE, Wednesday, February 22 at 7 PM. (Recorded Monday, February 20)

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Our panelists will be:
• Fr. Rick Andrus, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Together BR
• Darrell Basco, state president of Fraternal Order of Police
• Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President of Baton Rouge
• Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge; Public Safety Task Force
• Stephanie Riegel; Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Reverend Raymond Jetson, pastor of Star Hill Church host the program. Robyn Merrick with the Southern University System and Bob Mann with LSU’s Manship School will moderate the discussion.
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