Parents in EBR aren't satisfied with settling for 'C' grade system wide

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POSTED: Monday, October 22, 2012 - 5:40pm

UPDATED: Monday, October 22, 2012 - 7:05pm

The East Baton Rouge Parish school system welcomed a parish-wide rise in the school system's score Monday, as overall the school system’s grade moved from a 'D' to a 'C'. While it’s encouraging, many parents are still demanding more.

"It does disappoint me, but I know with the right resources and the right support I do feel they will and they can make the strides necessary," Reginald Browhow, a parent of a former Broadmoor Middle School Student, said. Broadmoor received a ‘D’ grade for the 2011-2012 school year.

The sense of disappointment was a sentiment shared by many parents in the school system as they discovered their children were still in failing schools.

"Educating our children has become a battle, and it's up to us as parents to make sure they are given the perfect opportunity at the perfect time," Browhow explained.

Some like Cheryl Lott, a mother of two Baton Rouge High Schoolers, said they weren’t surprised to see their children’s school receive ‘A’ grades again.

"I am excited, thrilled. I was expecting it because the reputation at Baton Rouge High is such. You know the faculty and staff at Baton Rouge High are just amazing," Lott explained.

Parents of students at some of the more high performing schools are obviously very satisfied with their child's education. But those, like Browhow, who had children in lower performing schools said they knew long ago their child needed more from their learning institution.

"I know the struggles that she had gone through last year at that particular school. And I know that I had to make certain that her future was as bright as others could be who were in those high performing schools,” Browhow said.

Browhow said he has since moved his daughter to a private school, and whether their children came from an ‘A’ school or an ‘F’ school, many agreed there’s a lot more work to be done locally.

"I can't be satisfied that my children are the only ones getting this. There are too many children in Baton Rouge who need to be in grade ‘A’ schools. So I think we as parents need to keep on it."

"Every child, they deserve a fair chance at good education as well as a fair chance at a good school," Browhow said.

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