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Mary Washington
BESE member

Mary Washington, Lafayette, is a Math Lead Teacher with the Lafayette Parish School System where she coaches elementary math teachers. Washington was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Louisiana Association of Educators from 1994 to 2000. She was an influential member of the task force that developed Louisiana’s school accountability program. Washington is a Cum Laude graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in 1977 and then her Masters of Education in 1986.

Current Topic


02/16 - Effects of Expansion: Medicaid in Louisiana

How will the lives of those who now have access to health care change?

Special Presentation


12/15 - Election 2015: An Analysis

What strategies did each of the major candidates use during the Governor's race?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

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03/16 - Justice on Hold: Louisiana’s Public Defender Shortage

How serious of a problem is the shortage of public defenders in Louisiana?

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01/16 - Police POV: Body Cameras in Louisiana

What happens when police and the people they arrest have different versions of their encounters?


11/15 - Living Below the Line

What is living in poverty like?


10/15 - Funding the Future: Early Childhood Opportunities

How can improving early childhood programs improve the state’s educational outcomes, workforce, and economics?


09/15 - Agenda Louisiana

What issues will candidates face and where do they stand?

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