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Ken Ward, Ph.D
Executive Director of the Louisiana Moral & Civic Foundation

Mr. Ward has served the Louisiana Moral & Civic Foundation (LMCF) since January 1, 1976. Mr. Ward started as head of LMCF's Legal and Legislative Division, and became Executive Director of the Foundation in 1977.

The LMCF is an educational foundation that has, since 1942, sought to help people of all faiths and of no faith, to work together to make a better Louisiana. One of the areas where LMCF seeks to carry out these efforts is in the Louisiana Legislature, where Mr. Ward serves as Ethicist and Coordinator of Chaplain Services.

The founders of LMCF, even though wed to the concept of the separation of the institution of state and the institution of church, were convinced that any attempt to govern without Godly values and morality would surely fail. Further, they believed that religion and government can and must co-exist in the hearts and minds of those who make up both religion and government.

Ward has received recognition from both chambers of the Louisiana Legislature for his ethics, credibility and integrity. Prior to his involvement with LMCF, Ward served on the faculty of LSU where he received LSU’s Faculty Service Award for outstanding Leadership in Public Service. Ward published his dissertation at LSU in the area of Legislative Ethics.

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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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