David Gray is a policy analyst for the Louisiana Budget Project, an independent nonprofit that reports on how fiscal issues impact Louisiana’s low and moderate-income families. In this capacity, David spearheads LBP’s statewide asset building and anti-predatory lending initiatives, and he publishes major research reports on Louisiana’s economy and tax structure. His most recent report, “Louisiana Needs a Higher Wage” explores the benefits of establishing a minimum wage in Louisiana. David also educates lawmakers and community leaders on fiscal policies that are in the best interest of the state’s workers, entrepreneurs, and small business owners. David also serves on on the East Baton Rouge Parish Food Policy Access Commission. He earned his Bachelor’s degrees in social policy and urban studies from Tulane University and his Master of Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.
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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