Metro Buzz: Three EBR school board candidates skip luncheon debate forum Candidates face no opposition at event ADVOCATE STAFF REPORT Nov. 21, 2014 Six chairs were set out at Drusilla Seafood on Thursday for a luncheon debate forum for East Baton Rouge School Board candidates who have advanced to the Dec. 6 runoff election. But only three people showed up to fill them, making it a one-sided affair. Jean Armstrong, president of Leaders With Vision and former president of the Louisiana League of Women Voters in Baton Rouge, said two of the no-shows, Evelyn Ware-Jackson in District 5 and Chris Bailey in District 8, had confirmed the week before they would come. A third, Mark Bellue in District 1, said he might, Armstrong said. “If the candidates won’t answer to the voters during the campaign what makes you think they will answer to them after they are elected?” Armstrong asked. The three candidates who skipped the luncheon are all endorsed and have received substantial money from the political arm of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber and groups and individuals connected with Baton Rouge businessman Lane Grigsby. Ware-Jackson is an incumbent seeking a second term; Bailey and Bellue are newcomers. The three who showed are Jennifer Andrews in District 1, Jerry Arbour in District 5, and Connie Bernard in District 8. Andrews is a newcomer, while Arbour and Bernard are incumbents seeking re-election. The panelists were Billy Arcement, former president of the Louisiana School Boards Association; Michael Faulk, superintendent of Central public schools; Jocelyn Harrison, chair of Southern University’s Education Theory, Policy and Practice department; and Jan Moller, director of the Louisiana Budget Project, a liberal think tank based in Baton Rouge. The most awkward moment came when it came time for the candidates to question their missing opponents at the forum. “Why is it you are willing to serve on the School Board and yet you are not willing to send your own kid to the school system?” Andrews asked the missing Bellue. “I would have asked why my opponent voted to reapportion and reduce the size of the School Board from 11 to nine members knowing full well it would take the voice from a lot of people,” Arbour said to the missing Ware-Jackson. “How are the residents of Baton Rouge and District 8 to trust you when you spread lies about another candidate?” Bernard asked the missing Bailey. Leaders With Vision have posted a video of the forum here.

Join us on Nov. 20th 2014 at Noon to hear what the Candidates for East Baton Rouge Parish School Board Districts 1, 5, 8 have to say. Click here for more information.

LWL-2014-11-20-FLYER-NewLeaders in Education from Louisiana will address questions to all of the Runoff Candidates in Districts 1, 5, 8 at LWVision forum on Thursday, Nov. 20th at Noon


VIDEO: of Louisiana’s 6th Congressional District Candidates Forum courtesy of WBRZ Channel 2 /WBTR Channel 19

Thank You  WBRZ Channel 2/WBTR Channel 19, 

For those of you who were unable to attend and/or missed the
re-broadcasts of the forum for the 6th Congressional District candidates

A Very Special Thank you to WBRZ Channel 2 / WBTR Channel 19 executives
Rocky Daboval, General Manager
Chuck Bark, News Director
for being a media partner with Leaders With Vision to provide vital voter education
for the citizens of the Louisiana 6th Congressional District.
——The Leaders With Vision Board and Membership—–


    Louisiana’s 6th Congressional District Candidates Forum was on 10/23/2014. Click Here for Re-broadcast Dates & Times


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    Leaders With Vision, Inc. 

    A Dialog on PARCC – Testing, Video

    Contact: Jean Armstrong CPC, CED, President
    Leaders With Vision

    “Never underestimate the power of knowledge & passion”

    Leaders With Vision (LWVision) announced today that the September 18, 2014 Public Policy luncheon forum will be “A Dialog on PARCC – Testing.”
    The public is invited to this event, which will be held at Drusilla Place, Ballroom, 3482 Drusilla Lane, Baton Rouge.

    Statewide: parents, teachers, stakeholders, and members of the public have expressed concern and confusion about PARCC and the testing of students under the supervision of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. PARCC is the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. To address those questions, LWVision’s confirmed panelists for the September 18, 2014 Perspective public policy forum are:

    • Noel Hammett - Former EBR Parish Public School Board President
    • Eric Lewis - Sable International; Designed Former Director of Louisiana BAEO
    • Russ Wise - Former River Parish Reporter
    • Mercedes Schneider - Public School Teacher/Education Author

    The public is invited. After the presentations by the panel, the audience
    is invited to submit questions in writing relative to the issue.
    Doors open at 11 a.m.; Lunch will be served at 11:40 am; and the program will begin
    promptly at12:00 noon. Tickets are $20.00 for members and $25.00 for non-members includes lunch and the program.  To ensure seating, Tickets may be purchased by credit card at  or email a request for reservations and pay by cash or check at registration desk.
    For more information, call (225) 927-2255.


    Join US for a Dialog on PARCC – Testing


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    VIDEO: “Reality Check 2014″



    2014 Annual Reality Check Luncheon on June 3rd

    Dear LWVision members and friends,
    Please consider this a personal request to attend and/or support Leaders With Vision’s Annual Fundraiser: 2014 Annual Reality Check Luncheon on June 3rd at Drusilla Place by inviting a friend to join you on June 3, 2014purchasing your ticket or making a donation if you can unable to attend in support LWVision’s service to LA citizens.  

    We are fortunate that Jeremy Alford, friend and partner of John Maginnis, who was one of the original speakers 19 years ago has agreed to step into John’s slot on our panel of legislative experts, who include Glenn Koepp, Robert Travis Scott, 
    Alfred “Butch” Speer, and Albert Samuels.

                             “Never underestimate the power of knowledge & passion”

    5-New-SpeakerClick Here to Reserve on-line=>Reserve your seat today!  

    or send email to: or call (225) 927-2255.

    Thank you for investing in our community with your contribution.  It is greatly appreciated by Leaders With Vision to continue our work in educating and advocating for citizens.

    Building a better, more informed and inclusive community for all,

    Jean Armstrong CPC, CED, President
    Leaders With Vision, Inc.