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How a 'Truth Booth' is involving Louisiana students in discussions around education policy

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Baton Rouge Alliance for Students
Liberty High School student Germyrion George speaking about her experiences in education as part of the Baton Rouge Youth Voice Initiative’s “Truth Booth.”

There has been plenty of discussion about how to educate children and what the experience should look like, but little to none of it has involved students — until now.

Recently, students in Baton Rouge were given the opportunity to step into the “Truth Booth” and freely share from their personal experiences in education and offer suggestions for change. Adonica Duggan, CEO of the Baton Rouge Alliance for Students, tells us more about student voices in education policy.

Last month, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered state agencies to investigate reports of gender-affirming treatment for transgender children. In a letter he wrote to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Abbott referred to this kind of treatment as child abuse.

But there are multiple health agencies taking a stand in support of gender-affirming treatment. Louisiana Considered Managing Producer Alana Schreiber spoke with Tucker Barker, Gender Services Patient Navigator at CrescentCare Health in New Orleans.

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

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Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WWNO 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.