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Debbie Schum
Louisiana Department of Education, College & Career Readiness Goal Office

Debbie Schum earned her Bachelors Degree in Mathematics from Southeastern Louisiana University and a Masters Degree in Curriculum /Supervision and Elementary / Secondary Principalship. She taught Mathematics in both East Baton Rouge Parish and St. John the Baptist Parish for 20 years. She has also served as a district level curriculum coordinator, staff developer and testing coordinator. She was a secondary school principal for 11 years and she was chosen as the 2003 Louisiana High School Principal of the Year. She served as the Chief Academic Officer for the Recovery School District in New Orleans and supervised 33 schools and principals at each site. She currently serves as the Deputy Superintendent of College and Career Readiness for the Louisiana Department of Education and is leading the charge for an 80% graduation rate and increasing the number of high school graduates that participate in post secondary education. Though she was born in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida she has been a resident of Louisiana for 45 years and Laplace, LA for the past 35 years.

Current Topic


09/14 - Varsity, Inc.: The Business of College Sports

How big a business is college sports in Louisiana?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

Coming Soon!


10/14 - Louisiana’s Congressional Priorities

Should the focus be on job creation or tax relief?

Recent Topics


08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?


07/14 - Defining “Dangerous”

How does Louisiana determine if someone is a danger to themselves or others?


06/14 - Pot or Not? The Decriminalization Debate (Encore Presentation)

Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization?


05/14 - Job Market 2014

What does Louisiana’s employment market look like for job hunters in 2014?

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