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John T. "Tom" Schedler
Senator, (R) District 11

Senator John T. "Tom" Schedler is currently serving his third term in the Louisiana State Senate representing the 11th Senatorial District, which covers parts of St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes. He is currently serving on eight Senate Committees, including Health and Welfare and the Louisiana Commission on Mental Health [Chairman].

Senator Schedler has also been appointed to and serves, as a representative of the Louisiana Senate, on the health committee of the Southern Legislative Conference and the Forum for State Health Policies, through the National Legislative Conference.

Senator Schedler has received awards and/or honors from numerous health-related societies and organizations, including: the Louisiana Dietetic Association; the Rural Hospital Coalition; the Rural Health Association; Louisiana Nursing Home Association; the President's Committee on Mental Retardation; the Louisiana Hospital Association, and the Louisiana Association for Mental Health; Metro Hospital Council of New Orleans and the Louisiana Chapter of the National Association of Mental Illness.

Senator Schedler was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, graduating from De LaSalle High School in 1967, prior to receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (formerly USL) in May 1971. He is a licensed Real Estate Broker and has interests in several other businesses. He served as Director of a hospital Health Foundation and was the director of Managed Care Services and Business Development from November 1990 to March 1996 at a St. Tammany Parish hospital. He is married to the former Stephanie Gele', of Lafayette, Louisiana, for thirty-two years, who administers Hospice Programs in Louisiana and Mississippi. They have three daughters.

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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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