Representative Hollis H. Downs was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 2003 and currently serves on the Education, Retirement, and Transportation committees. He is Business Development Manager at Hunt Guillot and Associates LLC, headquartered in Ruston. After attending schools in Farmerville, his birthplace, he received his B.S. degree from Louisiana Tech University in 1968.
Mr. Downs has served on numerous board memberships for many years, including the Louisiana Tech Foundation Board, Habitat for Humanity, Boy Scouts of America, Dixie Center for the Arts, and the Louisiana Methodist Children's Home.
He is married to Cathy Honig Downs. They have two daughters, Chanon Downs Whitman and Holly Downs Carney, and five grandchildren.
Mr. Downs is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Ruston, where he is Chairman of the Administrative Council and is active in national and international mission work.
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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