Many Thanks to the Advocate of What’s Next for Beyond Bricks!

In parks, churches, schools and community centers all over East Baton Rouge Parish, small groups of residents have gathered over the past three weeks to offer their thoughts on the current state of local public education and what to do about it.

“Desegregation and what happened in the courts … let’s get over it. I don’t want to talk about it anymore,” said Laurel Chenier, a graduate of Baton Rouge High and a mother of children in public school.

“You need to change the mindset of this community, that we are one,” said Betty Powers, also a mother of public school children.

Such comments are emerging from the public discussions, organized as part of a community listening initiative called Beyond Bricks EBR.

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