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Panelist Bio


Michael Jackson
State Representative (D), Louisiana

Michael Jackson is an elected official to the Louisiana House of Representatives for District 61, to which he was re-elected a second term without opposition. Rep. Jackson is a member of the following committees within the House: Insurance (Vice Chairman), Appropriations, and the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget.

Rep. Jackson is managing partner of Jackson-Bell Law Firm, founded in 2000, and serves as general counsel for a number of health care providers.

Michael Jackson received his Bachelors of Arts degree from Southern University in Political Science in 1988 and his Juris Doctorate degree from Southern University Law Center in 1991. In June 2004, Representative Jackson participated in a six- (6) week program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Representative Jackson has also served his country in the Louisiana National Guard from 1984-1988.

Rep. Jackson was born September 22, 1965 to Rev. and Mrs. Morris Jackson and is married to the former Stephanie Gissendanner, with whom he has two daughters: Nia and Camyrn.

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     11/18 - An Eye on Admissions

What standards should be used for college admissions?
This fall, LSU instituted a “holistic admissions” process for incoming students which relies more on essays and recommendations than on College Board test scores and grade point averages. Proponents of the move say it’s a better way to identify strong students while opening up opportunities for families not financially able to afford prep classes for standardized exams. Opponents say the move will increase student attrition and could endanger LSU’s flagship status. Examine the new standards from several different perspectives.

Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “An Eye on Admissions” Wednesday, November 21 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Alexandria; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.
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