State Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith has become well known in Baton Rouge and throughout Louisiana for
her tireless effort to champion causes she believes in. She has been a force for improving education in
public schools in East Baton Rouge Parish and the state. Smith is a former two-term president of the EBR
The Baton Rouge native is currently serving second terms in both the Louisiana House of
Representatives and as chair of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus.
Rep. Patricia Smith attended St. Francis Xavier and Southern University Laboratory School before
graduating from Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio. She received her BS degree in Education
from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. She did post graduate work at Youngstown State in Ohio and
Louisiana State University. She has taught in public schools in Ashtabula, Ohio and Baton Rouge.
Smith retired from ExxonMobil in 2003 after working 22 years there in Community Affairs.
Rep. Smith serves on the Appropriations, Education, Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget, and
Labor & Industrial Relations committees of the Legislature. She has many appointments, including to
the House Executive Committee and the Remedial Education Commission.
Her awards are too numerous to list here but include the first Martin Luther King Distinguished
Leadership Award in Politics, the “Fannie Lou Hamer Political Award” from Grambling University, the
Nurse-Family Partnership “Champion Award” and she was named “Legislator of the Year” by the
Louisiana School Board Association. She was recently accepted into the prestigious Henry Toll
Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith is married to Freddie Smith Jr. They have six children and 11 grandchildren.
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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