Education summit to tackle big reform issues

Education

POSTED: Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 5:48pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 9:17pm

Janeen Johnson moved to Ascension Parish to get her children away from the East Baton Rouge Parish School System.

"I wouldn't send my dog to an East Baton Rouge parish school," she says.

After hearing about all of the troubles facing the current school board, Johnson says her family is glad they made that decision.

"The people that are fighting, and screaming, and yelling are not doing any good," she says.

Louisiana residents say it's not just East Baton Rouge that's struggling.

"It's failing our society as a whole," says grandmother Patricia Morris. "It's not doing our young people any justice, not preparing them for the world."

Education leaders will team up with the public to talk about those issues Thursday night at an education summit.

"The most important issue at the end of the day is the children," says state Representative Alfred C. Williams. "It's not about the politics. It's not about the democrats. It's not about the republicans. It's not about the teacher union. It's about the children."

Right now, Williams says he's worried about the state of the education system.

"We need to step away from the politics and engage the children," he says.

Now, the goal is hash out a plan for education reform in EBR Parish and across the state.

"We need to talk about how we can think outside the box, be creative, and make sure we're giving these kids what they want."

Parents are hopeful that the summit will move the state forward.

"I think it's a good step right there and I think some good ideas could hopefully come out of a meeting like this," says Morris.

However, many parents are still worried that it won't be enough.

"It's been a long, long time that it's been so bad. Hopefully, somebody can fix it, but like I said, that's why we moved," says Johnson.

The Education Summit happening at the Living Faith Christian Center at 6375 Winbourne Avenue at 6:00 p.m. on February 16. It is open to the public.

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