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Panelist Bio


Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith
D- Baton Rouge

Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith is a native of Baton Rouge, as is well known here and throughout Louisiana for her tireless effort to champion causes she believes in. She has been a force for improving education in public schools in East Baton Rouge Parish and the state. Smith is a former two-term president of the EBR School Board. Recently re-elected without opposition, Rep. Smith is currently serving her third term in the LA House of Representatives; and has served two consecutive terms as chair of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus.

Rep. Smith serves on the Appropriations, Education, Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget, and Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs committees of the Legislature. She has many appointments, including to the House Executive Committee and the House Select Leadership Committee. Her awards are too numerous to list here but include the first Martin Luther King Distinguished Leadership Award in Politics, the “Fannie Lou Hamer Political Award” from Grambling University, and she was named “Legislator of the Year” by the Louisiana School Board Association. Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith is married to Freddie Smith Jr. They have six children and 12 grandchildren.

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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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