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Joyce Haynes
President of the Louisiana Association of Educators

Joyce Haynes has served as the President of the Louisiana Association of Educators for three years.
She brings the wisdom of a thirty-six year veteran of the public education system with her. She has experience as a Teacher’s Assistant, Classroom Teacher of 6th and 8th Grade Social Studies, and was voted Outstanding Educator in 1983. She is a statewide trainer for new teachers, mentors, and assessors and a board member of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). She also serves as a trustee for District 6 of the Teachers Retirement System of Louisiana (TRSL).

Joyce Haynes grew up in Opelousas, LA and graduated from J. S. Clark High School. Her distinguished education includes, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the ULL, a Master of Arts degree in Education from LSU, and she has earned a “Thirty Plus” distinction from Southern University.

Ms. Haynes has exhibited a staunch commitment to advocacy. On the local level she has worked with the St. Landry Association of Educators and held many positions including President of that organization. On the state level, she has worked with the Louisiana Association of Educators for many years serving as a delegate to LAE Conventions, and holding many board positions, including the current presidency of LAE since 2007. On the national level, she has served on the NEA Board of Directors, a delegate to NEA Conventions, and has served on numerous education-excellence initiative committees.

Today, Ms. Haynes is very active in legislative action and can be found lobbying legislators, speaking on behalf of the Louisiana’s public education system and fighting for educational agendas at the capital. With the desire, experience, and vision to lead, she advocates for all children in Louisiana.

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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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