Parents give input on new EBR school plan

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Parents sat in desks and asked the questions Monday night, as part of East Baton Rouge's framework for discussion. The plan will allow the district to consider public feedback and implement policy in four regions.

"I think things are moving in the right direction," said parent LaTasha Robinson.

Robinson is a parent of two students who will fall into East Baton Rouge's regional system. In fact, she's a teacher herself at Melrose Elementary and a proponent of the progress being made by the district.

"I believe the schools in the region are very good schools, academically there are great programs and great teachers and I wouldn't change my kids at all," added Robinson.

That is music to the ears of Superintendent Dr. Bernard Taylor, who says the goal is to give each parent in a region as many options as possible.

"What we're asking for is for people to tell us what it is that they want; if it's a charter, what kind of charter so we know who to go out and recruit to come in to provide the services so we're not wedded to how we do things, we are wedded to the process and the outcome," said Taylor.

Taylor explained these public forums are designed to help give students the highest quality of education the district can provide, a scenario Robinson believes is within reach.

"What we need is to work together as a community to improve some things in the school system but I'm actually content and satisfied with what my girls are getting in the schools."

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