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Panelist Bio


Marylee Orr
Executive Director of the Louisiana Environmental Action Network

Marylee Orr has led LEAN for most of its nineteen years. Marylee became an activist when her youngest son was born with a respiratory illness. Prior to working on environmental issues, she was involved with Head Start programs and owned a small business. She is one of the cofounders of LEAN in 1986. Marylee administers the organization's budget, manages its fundraising efforts through grants and membership development. She coordinates member groups, board, and staff activities.

Ms. Orr organizes member groups' participation in public hearings, coordinates its media strategies on the local, state and national level, and serves as the environmental community's voice with local, state, and federal agencies.

She organizes events related to issues of LEAN members, coordinates annual conferences for citizens, legislators, and other grass roots organization leaders on topics ranging from health issues to political activism. Ms. Orr was featured in Family Circle Magazine, the Lifetime movie of the week, Taking Back Our Town, and in numerous articles about successful environmental activists.

An EPA report credits LEAN and its executive director Marylee Orr with giving a voice to the people concerned about releases of toxic chemicals from local facilities. Marylee attributes her motivation to the constant positive pressure from the members, board, and staff to hold polluting facilities accountable.

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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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