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In Baton Rouge, high schoolers will now have to take more advanced classes; not everyone is on board

Alana Schreiber
East Baton Rouge Parish Schools Associate Superintendent of Workforce Development, Ben Necaise, answering questions about the “Pathways to Bright Futures” program at the March 9th community meeting at Scotlandville Magnet High School.

Today on Louisiana Considered, we learn the city of New Orleans has recently lifted its vaccine mandate for public spaces. Then, we hear about a new program in East Baton Rouge Parish that will require high school students to take at least one advanced-level class per year.

New Orleans has officially lifted its COVID-19 vaccine mandate, or proof of a recent negative test, for entry into public spaces such as restaurants, bars and other venues. This shift comes just three weeks after Mardi Gras, which despite concern, did not show a dramatic increase in COVID cases. Brian Knighten, owner of the musical venue The Broadside and the Broad Theater movie theater, and Tom Thayer, owner of the music venue d.b.a, tell us how this decision will impact their businesses.

For the past few weeks, East Baton Rouge Parish School officials held a series of informational sessions at area schools in hopes of answering parents' questions and clearing concerns about a new mandatory program called “Pathways to Bright Futures.” The program requires high school students to take at least one advanced-level course per year.

But many parents still have questions and concerns, specifically regarding the program’s funding. To learn more, WRKF’s Karen Henderson spoke to Ben Necaise, associate superintendent of workforce development at the East Baton Rouge Parish School System.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Patrick Madden. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman, Aubrey Procell, and Thomas Walsh. 

You can listen to Louisiana Considered Monday through Friday at 12:00 and 7:30 pm. It’s available on Spotify, Google Play, and wherever you get your podcasts. 

Patrick is the Regional News Director for the news collaboration between WRKF Baton Rouge and WWNO New Orleans.
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WRKF from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.