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William D. Lewis
Author, Teacher, and former homeless person

William D. Lewis was a chronic homeless person in the late 1980s. Living on the streets and in shelters he worked odd-jobs. Eventually, at age 34, he managed to save enough money to enroll in Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colorado. Using the meager savings to enroll would be the best decision to turning his life around. Later he studied writing styles and techniques at the University of Colorado [1992]. His post-graduate studies at Southern University included Public Policy and Education [1996]. He is the father of four children and makes his home in Shreveport, LA. where he teaches and writes professionally. According to the author, he, " ...writes to inspire and empower the poor...the homeless."

His books include: It's Called Making It Happen [1995]; Serious Players Only [1998]; The Call To a Purposeful Life [2002]; Imagine: Losing Everything Except Your Mind (Homelessness in America) [2002]

Mr. Williams has participated in Homeless Conferences in Arkansas and Louisiana and appeared as a guest on radio talk programs. His affiliations include the National Coalition for the Homeless, Washington, DC; the American Federation of Teachers, Shreveport; ACORN, Baton Rouge and the American Writers’ Association, Denver, CO.

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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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