BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (WAFB) – Many parents in Baton Rouge either strongly agree or strongly oppose Superintendent’s new plan âPathways to Bright Futuresâ.
It gives students the opportunity to gain college credit and work experience while they are still in high school. On Thursday, December 16, school board members wanted answers to some of their questions about the plan.
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“I have a number of questions for you, Dr Narcisse,” said Connie Bernard, member of the EBR school board.
Members of the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board voiced concerns for over an hour about the new principal’s dual registration model.
âDefine the path to a diploma and the path not to a diploma,â said Dawn Collins, vice president of the EBR school board.
“What is it like in elementary and middle school,” asked Jill Dyason, member of the EBR school board.
âGive him a chance, just a chance. And if that doesn’t work, let’s get back to the drawing board, âsaid Dadrius Lanus, member of the EBR School Board.
The main goal of this program is to give students access to college level courses and early career options while they are still in high school.
âChildren will receive around 4 lessons per year for dual enrollment courses, which are college courses. And these college courses will be taught with a college professor and a teacher, âsaid Superintendent Dr. Sito Narcisse.
A pilot program has already been successful at Glen Oaks High School. 97% of students have already obtained college credit. But now the superintendent is extending it to all high schools.
âFor us, it’s about getting more options in our school district, not less,â Dr. Narcisse said.
But many parents still have questions or are just totally against the plan. A relative has moved outside the central office on South Foster Drive. One of them said: âMiners need education, not workforce training. “
âIf a parent wants to enroll and there are kids who want to, give it to those few. But don’t take away parental choice and force this on all of us, âsaid Mary Juneau, a concerned parent of EBR schools.
There is one thing the superintendent wanted to clear up.
âWe offer AP. We offer PA and dual registration, and we also offer industry-based certification. Another thing we wanted to clarify is that we work with all of our post-secondary schools. Most of our kids, after graduation, go to college here. So these credits count for the school. We have worked with our colleagues on the Board of Regents, we work with so many partners. We worked on this plan for months before releasing it. So we’re a little excited to be able to move forward, as we move to the next level of work, âsaid Narcisse.
This program will be implemented district-wide starting in year one next fall. There will be further information sessions for parents starting in January.
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