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Reverend Jesus M. Gonzales
Pastor of the Monte de los Olivos Lutheran Church in Metairie

The Rev. Jesus M. Gonzales serves as Associate Pastor of Hispanic Ministry and community Outreach at St. John Lutheran in Metairie, Louisiana. He received the Yes! Literacy Leader Award in 1999 from the YMCA Educational Services of the Greater New Orleans area. Rev. Gonzales helped the YMCA start ESL (English as Second Language) classes in New Orleans and Metairie. In 2000, he received an award from the Young Christian Entrepreneurs, a group which helps young people learn skills to start their own businesses.

Rev. Gonzales received an associate degree from Odessa College in 1975, and then worked in the oil field in Monahans and later for Gulf Oil as senior supervisor. After attending a Texas District convention in 1980, he felt led by God to go into Hispanic Ministry.

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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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