Lawrence C. St. Blanc has served as Executive Secretary of the Louisiana Public Service Commission since 1995. The Public Service Commission was constitutionally created to oversee the regulation of public utilities and common carriers statewide. Mr. St. Blanc advises the Commission as a public body, as well as the five elected commissioners and their executive staff. He also serves as liaison between the public utilities/common carriers and the Commissioners and their staff as well as custodian of public records. Prior to his current position, Mr. St. Blanc was Executive Assistant to then Commissioner Kathleen Blanco. St. Blanc has a B.S. in Agriculture Business and Science Education from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. He has also been a University Professor with Southwestern Louisiana University and a teacher in the St. Mary Parish School 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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