EBR school board approves two new charter school applications; some teachers not happy

EBR School Board approves more charter schools, some teachers unions oppose

EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH, La. (WAFB) - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board has said “yes” to more charter schools in Baton Rouge.

The board approved two charter applications Monday, May 13. Two others were approved the week prior. One group called KIPP plans to open three schools in Baton Rouge. The other group runs Madison Prep High School. They plan to add an elementary school. Some teachers unions oppose the new schools. They say charter schools take money away from a system that’s already facing big budget cuts.

“The board, their due diligence is to protect the system, and that’s not what’s happening right now. They’re selling our school system. They’re giving it away,” said Dr. Tia Mills, president of the East Baton Rouge Parish Association of Educators.

“We want to work with the school board to find the right placement for us in this system. They have a goal of being a top 10 percent district. We want to help them reach that goal,” said Joey Laroche, chief strategy officer for KIPP.

The new schools will be allowed to open in 2020. The board denied applications from three other charter groups at Monday night’s meeting.

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