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Linda Johnson
Board of Elementary and Secondary Education member (BESE) 8th District

Ms. Johnson was elected to the Board in November 1999 and began her first term of office in January 2000. Ms. Johnson serves as chair of the High School Redesign Committee, Vice-Chair of the Accountability and Assessment Committee, and is a member of the Student and School Standards/Instruction Committee. Ms. Johnson graduated from Southern University with a B.S. in Microbiology. She is a graduate of Leadership Louisiana. Co-owner of the Off the Rack dress shop and DIA-LIN Corporation, she currently serves as Human Resources Supervisor for the Georgia Gulf Corporation. She is a member of the Iberville Chamber of Commerce (Past Chairman), the Iberville Head Start Advisory Council, the Iberville Economic Development Commission, the Louisiana Chemical Society, and NASBE. She was recognized as Iberville Citizen of the Year. Her main areas of education focus are early childhood education and changes in the design of high schools.

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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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