Sen. Vitter Hosts K-12 Leadership Forum in Shreveport: Aug. 12, 2014


It was packed inside the library at South Highlands Elementary Magnet School today, as Sen. David Vitter hosted his first leadership forum in Shreveport, Louisiana. Titled “Dramatically Improving K-12 Education” the forum was comprised of some 21 area civic leaders, school officials, government representatives, parents, and teachers.

Caddo Schools Superintendent Dr. Lamar Goree, along with Mary Harris, South Highlands Elementary Principal provided the facility for the Education Forum by Sen. Vitter. Executive Editor and Radio Host of the “Talk of the Town,” Tom Pace recorded the media interview following the event.

Topics Covered included: 

  • Ensuring State/Local Control of Curriculum and Reading Lists
  • Improving Early Grade Reading Skills
  • Highlighting Skills Training in High School
  • Maximizing Parental Choice and Involvement
  • Improving Student Discipline

 Attendees to the Education Forum were: 

Giselle Allen, President of the Louisiana Parent Teacher Association

Larry Anderson, Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance at Caddo Parish School Board

Lori Briggs, Homeschooling Parent

Steve Carter, Louisiana House of Representatives

Ann Duplessis, President, Louisiana Federation for Children

Dr. Theodis Goree, Superintendent of Caddo Parish Schools

Elbert Guillory, Louisiana State Senate

Mary Harris, Principal at South Highlands Elementary School

Ken Kruithof, Superintendent of Calvary Baptist Academy

Eric Lewis, Louisiana State Director at Black Alliance for Educational Options

Diane Long, President of Louisiana Power Coalition

D.C. Machen, Superintendent of Bossier Schools

Ben Marcovitz, Chief Executive Officer of Collegiate Academies

Talicia Miller, Parent

Barrow Peacock, Louisiana State Senate

Renae Pullen, Science and Social Studies Teacher at Riverside Elementary School

Scott Richard, Executive Director of the LA School Board Association

Eddie Rispone, Chairman, Louisiana Federation for Children

Sr. Carol Shively, Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Shreveport

Dr. Anita Szombathelyi, Curriculum Coach, Cope Middle School

Tonya Wellman, Parent