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Report: Keys to improving East Baton Rouge schools include fewer standardized tests, better discipline techniques

Less standardized testing, a smarter approach to student misbehavior, ending high turnover of school administrators, and making schools once again the centers of their communities are key ways to improve public education in East Baton Rouge Parish.

Those were common refrains heard during a series of community “listening sessions” held this spring with residents throughout the parish.

Beyond Bricks EBR, a grassroots effort to develop a community agenda for public education, released an eight-page report Thursday summing up the comments of roughly 550 participants who attended 16 listening sessions between January and March.

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