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Janet Pace
Executive Director, Volunteer Louisiana, Office of the Lieutenant Governor

Janet Pace is the Executive Director of the Louisiana Serve Commission, responsible for oversight of the various programs of the commission, including AmeriCorps*State, Learn and Serve America and Volunteer Louisiana.

Prior to this, Janet served as Director of Volunteer Outreach for the Louisiana Serve Commission, responsible for promoting an ethic of service throughout the state by creating and implementing strategic volunteer initiatives and supporting collaborative efforts among nonprofits, faith-based organizations and state agencies.

She has also served as President & CEO of Volunteer! Baton Rouge. During her tenure at VBR!, the agency was named the 2005 National Volunteer Center of the Year by the Points of Light Foundation and also received the National VOAD Long-Term Recovery Partnership Award for their work during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Janet has been an active volunteer in her community, serving on the boards of several nonprofits addressing public education and children’s issues. She has also served as an East Baton Rouge Parish School Board member. Janet received bachelor's degrees in Journalism and Political Science from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She worked in Corporate Communications for Pennzoil, Hydril and Texas Instruments. She has served on the boards of Academic Distinction Fund, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge, Childrens Coalition, Volunteers in Public Schools, Playmakers and Young Leaders Academy. She is a 2002 graduate of Leadership/Greater Baton Rouge and is a sustainer in the Junior League of Baton Rouge. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Public Administration at LSU.

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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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