Baton Rouge, LA (Sept. 9, 2014) – The Louisiana Federation for Children (LFC), a state affiliate of the American Federation for Children, today announced Paul Dauphin has joined LFC as Louisiana director of communications. Dauphin was previously president of Pierre Principle Communications, a public relations consultancy.
In his new role, Dauphin, a 30-year public relations professional, will lead communications activity in the state of Louisiana for LFC, the state’s voice for educational choice. LFC is dedicated to promoting educational choice by protecting, growing and expanding options for Louisiana families, including the Louisiana Scholarship Program, one of the nation’s most accountable and most popular choice programs. Created in 2008 to serve low-income children trapped in underperforming school in New Orleans, the Louisiana Scholarship Program has since expanded to serve low-income children in C, D, or F schools statewide.
“Education is the civil rights issue of our time and we will not allow the status quo to keep children, especially low-income children, trapped in underperforming schools,” said Ann Duplessis, president of the Louisiana Federation for Children.
“Paul has been on the forefront of the education reform movement in Louisiana and his experience, insight and expertise will help families across this state obtain the educational opportunities necessary for their children,” said Duplessis.
While at Pierre Principle Communications, Dauphin directed messaging for the University of New Orleans’ College of Education and Human Development, when it became the first charter school management organization in Louisiana to assume control of a failing public school in 2004.
“I have witnessed the excitement and tears of a mother, who for the first time could take her children out of a failing public school,” said Dauphin. “And, I’m excited to share more of these stories and most of all, help families and children realize the dream of a quality education.”
Dauphin served as communications director of the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans, where he was responsible for internal and external communications, publications and community relations. In 2010, Dauphin was a communications consultant for Mitch Landrieu’s mayoral campaign in New Orleans.
More than 13,000 families across the state applied to participate in the Louisiana Scholarship Program for the 2014-15 school. This year, 133 schools in 33 school districts and 30 parishes will participate in the Louisiana Scholarship Program, which offers students a way out of schools that do not work for them.
Ann Duplessis is a former state legislator where she served on the Senate Education Committee and fought successfully to expand educational options for Louisiana’s children by authoring and supporting numerous pieces of school choice legislation. Duplessis resides in New Orleans and remains active in numerous civic activities.
The Louisiana Federation for Children, a project of the American Federation for Children and the Alliance for School Choice, is dedicated to promoting educational choice by protecting, growing and expanding scholarship programs for low and middle-income children.