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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.

Current Topic


09/14 - Varsity, Inc.: The Business of College Sports

How big a business is college sports in Louisiana?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

Coming Soon!


10/14 - Louisiana’s Congressional Priorities

Should the focus be on job creation or tax relief?

Recent Topics


08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?


07/14 - Defining “Dangerous”

How does Louisiana determine if someone is a danger to themselves or others?


06/14 - Pot or Not? The Decriminalization Debate (Encore Presentation)

Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization?


05/14 - Job Market 2014

What does Louisiana’s employment market look like for job hunters in 2014?

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