State Senator Francis Thompson (D) from Delhi has been representing District 34 since 2008. District 34 includes Ouachita, Richland, East Carroll, Madison, Tensas and Concordia parishes. Prior to his election as Senator, Thompson served from 1975 until 2008 as the Representative for District 19 which includes Madison, Morehouse, Richland, East Carroll, West Carroll, and Ouachita parishes.
Senator Thompson’s main legislative interests are agriculture, highways, economic development and law enforcement. He is also a strong supporter of education at all levels in Louisiana. As a public servant, Thompson has authored legislation that created the master farmer program; lowered the age for when certain students may attend alternative education/vocational technical programs and created the Delta Rural Initiative.
Senator Thompson is chair of the Senate Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture & Rural Development Committee and serves on the Senate Committee on Labor & Industrial Relations and Senate Committee on Finance.
Thompson has been employed in the Agri-business for over 25 years and has served as consultant for business and industry for more than twenty years. A graduate of Louisiana Tech, Northeast Louisiana University and a former college professor, Senator Thompson is married with 3 children and 9 grandchildren.
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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