REBUILDING THROUGH EDUCATION
Louisiana has weathered tremendous storms recently, namely hurricanes Katrina and Rita, that left our state with enormous challenges. Louisiana’s schools, colleges and universities were not spared – many were heavily damaged and remain closed. But even in the face of that devastation, our education community responded immediately and broadly, providing food, shelter, medical care, technology, financial assistance for students, staging areas for recovery workers, land for temporary housing and other help.
Today’s forum provides us with a unique opportunity to explore how we can help lead the state’s revitalization, particularly in the areas of economic development, workforce training, health care, teacher preparation and student achievement, Pre-K-16 coordination, and innovation and technology.
Your participation today, and in future weeks and months, is critical as we work together to help Louisiana recover and grow at every level.
Dr. E. Joseph Savoie Cecil Picard
Commissioner of Higher Education Superintendent of Education
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