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Melanie Guste
President and Chief Executive Officer of the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO)

Dr. Guste earned both her Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA. She has also received Master’s Degrees in Administration and Supervision (M.Ed.) and Applied Spirituality (MAS).

Dr. Guste has over 20 years of administrative experience in human and social services. As an independent consultant in Baton Rouge for the last 11 years, she has worked extensively with nonprofit, church and state government agencies, including: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana - The Caring Foundation; the Pew Civic Entrepreneur Project; the Academic Distinction Fund; the Diocese of Baton Rouge; and several state agencies. She specializes in large-scale educational and organizational design and change initiatives.

Dr. Guste is a native of New Orleans and an active member of the Society of the Sacred Heart, an international Catholic community of religious sisters in 49 countries of the world and 19 geographic areas of the United States. In Louisiana, the community is located in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Grand Coteau.

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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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