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Walter J. Leger, Jr.
LRA Housing Task Force Chairman

Walter J. Leger, Jr. of Arabi is a lawyer, businessman, and civic leader. In 2000, Leger served as Chairman of the Board of the New Orleans Regional Chamber of Commerce. He previously served as Chairman of the St. Bernard Chamber Council. From 1998 to 1999, he served as co-Chairman of the Metrovision Economic Development Partnership.

Leger is a co-owner and past President of the New Orleans Zephyrs Triple A Professional Baseball Team and is also a partner in the law firm of Leger & Mestayer. He was appointed by the Governor to serve on the NFL Stadium Advisory Commission and is a member of the New Orleans Saints Community Advisory Committee. Leger is a graduate of Louisiana State University and Tulane School of Law.

Leger has a special interest in improving education and serves as a member of LSU s College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Board, and is on the Board of Directors of the Foundations of the LSU Health Science Center, Delgado Community College, and Nunez Community College. He also is a Board Member of the University New Orleans Business Alliance, the World Trade Center, and Chalmette Medical Center. Leger is a member of the Tulane Cancer Center Advisory Council and LSU's Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center Board, and the Directors' Council of the Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium.

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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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