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Panelist Bio


David Gray
Louisiana Budget Project

David Gray is a policy analyst for the Louisiana Budget Project, an independent nonprofit that reports on how fiscal issues impact Louisiana’s low and moderate-income families. In this capacity, David spearheads LBP’s statewide asset building and anti-predatory lending initiatives, and he publishes major research reports on Louisiana’s economy and tax structure. His most recent report, “Louisiana Needs a Higher Wage” explores the benefits of establishing a minimum wage in Louisiana. David also educates lawmakers and community leaders on fiscal policies that are in the best interest of the state’s workers, entrepreneurs, and small business owners. David also serves on on the East Baton Rouge Parish Food Policy Access Commission. He earned his Bachelor’s degrees in social policy and urban studies from Tulane University and his Master of Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.

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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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