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James Mayo
Mayor, Monroe, Louisiana

The Honorable James E. "Jamie" Mayo was elected at the 28th mayor of Monroe, Louisiana in October 2001. Since its incorporation in 1820, Mayor Mayo became only the second African-American elected to serve as Monroe's mayor.

Mayor Mayo is a graduate of Bastrop High School and the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration.

After over 20 years of business experience with companies such as State Farm Insurance, Allstate Insurance and Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corporation, Mayo's public service career began in 1995, when he was first elected to the Monroe City Council. Jamie was re-elected to the Monroe City Council in 1996 and 2000 and served two terms as City Council Chairman before being elected Mayor in 2001.

Mayor Mayo was re-elected in 2004 under the campaign slogan of "Monroe…One City, One Future!" A theme used to emphasize city-wide progress through unity. Progress has definitely been made under the Mayo administration. Projects of note include: 500 NEW Monroe businesses opened; $80 million in capital infrastructure projects started or completed; Completion of a $4 million dollar Fire and Police Public Safety Center; Securing long-needed pay raises for all fire, police and transit system personnel; and, over $3.5 million in Parks & Recreation Improvements.

Mayor Mayo is married to Angela Mayo and they have two children, Jared and Ashley.

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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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