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Jennifer Pike
Research Director, Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR)

Jennifer Pike joined PAR as a research analyst in 2005. Her primary research focus is state finance. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Governmental Research Association, the national network of individuals professionally engaged in governmental research.

Ms. Pike is the author of recent PAR publications GulfGov Reports: Spending Federal Disaster Aid and Questioning Candidates Beyond the Platitudes.

Ms. Pike is an alumnus of Louisiana State University, where she earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in mass communication and Spanish literature and a Master of Arts in Political Science. Her primary graduate research focus was on public opinion analysis and political preference formation. She served PAR as a graduate research intern in 2002-03.

As an undergraduate student Ms. Pike was editor of The Daily Reveille, the student-run LSU newspaper. She studied Arabic in the U.S. Army and previously worked in various editorial capacities for newspapers and nonprofit organizations. She also served as an AmeriCorps member for Volunteer Baton Rouge.

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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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