BRAC supports a restructuring of education governance within the East Baton Rouge Parish School System (EBRPSS) and is advocating legislation that outlines a new structure. With support from business and community leaders, BRAC encourages input from all stakeholders, including parents, school leaders, and taxpayers.
BRAC is committed to pursuing a solution for community-based schools in East Baton Rouge Parish, while also protecting the financial cohesion and stability of the district as a whole.
Earlier this year, BRAC announced that Representatives Steve Carter and Dalton Honore’ would introduce legislation to restructure governance of the EBRPSS, with the goal of increasing local control and creating high-performing community schools.
The restructuring legislation consists of two bills; the first of which, with Representative Honore’ as lead author, reduces the size of the school board in order to streamline decision-making, designate authority for oversight of the school system, and provide for a voice on the board that is representative of the district as a whole.
May 13, 2014
The House Education Committee passed Senate Bill 636 by Senator Bodi White by a vote of 10-6. The bill will face its final legislative step when it comes up on the House floor.
May 1, 2014
Although an Education Report Card released by BRAC demonstrates some incremental improvements in K-12 education, the report underscores the need for significant changes within EBRPSS to bring about further improvements and at a faster rate.
April 30, 2014
BRAC announced support from business and community leaders for its advocacy for the restructuring of EBRPSS.
April 29, 2014
BRAC released the results of a poll to gauge whether a restructuring of the EBRPSS to allow for more local control would impact the effort to incorporate a new city in the parish. The poll results demonstrate that citizens are more interested in addressing concerns about the school system than in incorporating a new city. BRAC continues to work to bring about necessary changes to the EBRPSS through its legislative efforts – without upending the district.
SCI Research and Consulting, Inc. conducted two focus groups commissioned by BRAC. Moderated by John Boston, the focus groups were comprised of parents from East Baton Rouge Parish to gauge their perceptions of the EBRPSS and solicit their input on ways to improve public school performance. Download the report here »
Ultimately, the focus group results informed BRAC’s guiding principles for community schools advocacy.