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Lora Hammons
Teacher, Ruston High School

Lora Hammons is a teacher of English I and English II at Ruston High School. She has been at Ruston High School since the 1999-2000 school year. Hammons has been a teacher in the Freshmen Academy at RHS since its inception in 2008-09. Before teaching at RHS, she taught at Dubach High School and Mt. Vernon (TX) Junior High School.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Louisiana Tech University in 1987. She holds certification in English, journalism, and library science.

She was the Ruston High School teacher of the year in 2007-08.

Lora Hammons has four children: Hayden, a senior at LSU majoring in history; Ross, a junior at LSU majoring in political science; John Cullen, a senior at RHS; and Mary Conly a senior at RHS.

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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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