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Ralph Williams
Chief of Staff, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office

Lt. Colonel Ralph Williams, Chief of Staff, has worked with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office for the past 21 years in various uniform patrol and detective positions. He served as supervisor in narcotics and metro divisions and as commander of the School Drug Task Force, Night Supervisors, Special Community Anti-Crime Team (SCAT) and Special Response Team (SRT). While serving with EBRSO, Williams developed and implemented the very first community-oriented policing program for the agency known as SCAT. His law enforcement expertise includes, but is not limited to, policy development and implementation, SWAT tactics, community policing, firearms training and narcotics enforcement. Williams earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Southern University in 1980. Upon graduation, Williams went to the NFL from which he retired in 1987 while playing for the New Orleans Saints.

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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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