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Rep. Karen St. Germain
D-Plaquemine

State Representative Karen St. Germain was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 2003, and has served her constituents in District 60 for the past ten years. Representative St. Germain serves as the Chair fo rhte House Transportation Committee. She is also a member of the House Executive Committee, the Joint Legislative Committee on Capital Outlay, the House Committee on Homeland Security, and the Joint Committee on Homeland Security. In addition, Representative St. Germain serves as a member of the Acadian Delegation, the Capital Region Legislative Delegation, the Democratic Caucus, and the Louisiana Rural Caucus. She is also chairwoman of the Atchafalaya Basin Sub committee, as well as of the Louisiana Woman's Caucus. She was also appointed to the Louisiana Fire and Emergency Training Commission in 2012, by Governor Jindal. Prior to her election into the Louisiana House of Representatives, she worked as a legislative aide for former Representatives Charlie Melancon and Audrey McCain.

Throughout her term, Representative St. Germain has been named Legislator of the year by the Child Care Association of Louisiana, Inc., the Louisiana State Troopers Association, the Professional Fire Fighters Association of Louisiana, and the Louisiana State Firemen's Association. She was also named Conservation Legislator of the year by the Louisiana Wildlife Federation and the National Wildlife Federation.

Representative St. Germain is married to Kenneth St. Germain, and together they have three sons. They reside in Pierre Part.

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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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