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Emily Metzgar
Blogger and PhD student, LSU Manship School of Mass Communication

Emily Metzgar received her bachelor's degree in political science and French from the University of Michigan in 1993. Upon graduation, she taught English in Japan for two years as a participant in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program sponsored by the Japanese government.

She earned a master's degree in international politics from The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs in 1997. While completing that degree, Metzgar served editor-in-chief of the International Affairs Review, a publication of the Elliott School. She also worked as a research assistant at the National Defense University's Institute for National Strategic Studies and performed editorial work for Joint Forces Quarterly, a publication of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

After graduating from The George Washington University, Metzgar joined the United States Foreign Service, eventually working for the Department of State at the American Embassy in Beijing where she served as a liaison between the embassy and China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Upon returning to the United States, she conducted research as a program officer at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC focusing on East Asian and European issues.

Since mid-2001, Metzgar has been working as a freelance writer and community volunteer in Shreveport, Louisiana. She wrote the Northwest Louisiana Health Care Summit Report which was submitted to the governor in February 2004. She also writes a weekly editorial column for The Shreveport Times. Her work has appeared in the Christian Science Monitor and the International Herald Tribune.

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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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