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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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07/16 - Regular and Extraordinary: Legislative Review

Who are the winners and losers in Louisiana’s budget battle?

After one regular session and two extraordinary ones, Louisiana’s Legislature has produced a balanced budget, but, at what cost? Who are the winners and losers in this year’s budget battle? And how can the state’s tax structure be reformed to avoid a future budget crisis? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Regular & Extraordinary: Legislative Review” Wednesday, July 13 at 7 pm on LPB HD. (Recording Tuesday, July 12)

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