State . Rep. Pearson was born in 1959 and has spent his entire life living and working in the Slidell and Pearl River areas. He married Nancy Guillot more than 25 years ago. Nancy is an Honors English teacher at Salmen High School. Their son Adam is a student at the University of New Orleans, and daughter Rebecca is enrolled at LSU and lives in Baton Rouge.
After working in the financial services sector, Mr. Pearson opened his own company, based in Slidell. Wealth Management Group, Inc. was started in 2002 by Mr. Pearson, who holds licenses and certifications to serve as a broker and financial adviser. In 2007, he was appointed by Slidell City Court Judge Jim Lamz to a four-year term on the Board of the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center. He is the 2008 Chairman of the Slidell Heritage Festival, a role he also held in 2007. A past president of the Slidell Rotary Club, Mr. Pearson was co-founder of Rotary Rebuilds Slidell after Hurricane Katrina. He also serves on the Board of the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce and on the Board of Leadership North Shore, of which he is a graduate.
Mr. Pearson entered the race for Representative from District 76 in August 2007, and won a spot in the runoff election in the Oct. 20, 2007 Primary. He prevailed in the Nov. 17 runoff, having earned the support of the third- and fourth-place finishers in the primary, Parish President Kevin Davis, and numerous other local leaders.
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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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