Elected in July 2005, and sworn into office just three weeks before Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana and destroyed her home, Julie Quinn nevertheless brought fresh leadership and dedication to the Louisiana State Senate. In her first General Session, Senator Quinn passed a key Constitutional Amendment, approved by the voters of this state, to protect local school districts and its children from costly unfunded mandates from the legislature, and founded the Legislature’s first Children’s Caucus. As a freshmen Senator, she was named Senator of the Year by the Childcare Association of Louisiana. She is the current Chair of the Judiciary Committee A.
A graduate of Loyola Law School, Senator Quinn has over the years, volunteered her time as a Court Appointed Special Advocate representing abused children in custody proceedings. She has served on the Jefferson Parish School Board where she was instrumental in implementing a school drug testing program that is now serving as a national model. Senator Quinn also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Methodist Home for abused and neglected children. Senator Quinn has two children, Spencer Quinn (7) and Ashton Quinn (5).
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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