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Mike Michot
Senator (R), Lafayette, Chairman of Senate Finance Committee

Senator Mike Michot has been representing the Lafayette area in the Louisiana Legislature for the past thirteen years. District 23 State Senator Michot came to the Senate from the Louisiana House of Representatives, where he served from 1996-2000. Senate District 23 comprises most of the city and parish of Lafayette.

Senator Michot owns Premier Medical Equipment, a major supplier of medical equipment and medical supplies. He is also real estate developer, and is active in community service organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club of Acadiana, the American Heart Association and the United Way.

He graduated from Cathedral-Carmel High School in Lafayette and holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, now known as the University of Louisiana.

Currently, Senator Michot serves as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, dealing with the appropriation of state funds, including the cash portion of the comprehensive state capital budget.

Prior to his current role as Finance Chairman, Senator Michot served as chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Consumer Affairs and Technology, and has drafted several pieces of legislation encouraging the integration of technology into the governmental process.

In the Senate, Senator Michot also serves on the Natural Resources and the Commerce and Consumer Protection and International Affairs Committee.

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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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