Bernard Taylor came into East Baton Rouge Parish as the new superintendent of schools officially in June. He arrived amidst a wave of state education reforms, for which the parish is arguably ground zero.
Roughly a third of Baton Rouge public schools, threatened with state takeover, face new competition from private school vouchers and independent charter schools.
Accountability measures for teachers and administrators are adding to the pressure.
Speaking with WRKF's Amy Jeffries, Taylor does not mince words in his critique of state reforms or the potential of East Baton Rouge public schools.
The latest American Community Survey from the US Census Bureau was released Thursday. The stats reveal the percentage of individuals in Louisiana living in poverty rose from 18.7 percent to 20.1 percent between 2010 and 2011.
Past the stuffy, official government buildings of downtown Baton Rouge, you'll find the city's oldest commercial building. Up the creaky stairs off Lafayette Street and beyond the reception area is a big open room. Sometimes the design world gets a little noisy.
WRKF intern Claire Ohlsen visited the workspace and sent us this audio postcard.