EBR’s ‘Smart Start’ proposal stalled until next school board meeting

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – After hours of discussion, the East Baton Rouge School Board voted 6-2 to advance the ‘Smart Start’ proposal without recommendations.

Next week, the board will revisit the proposal before making a final vote.

Thursday, East Baton Rouge public school students pleaded for their Superintendent to stop his ‘Smart Start’ plan. 

“We already have enough stress with our education so by constantly trying to limit us and taking away more of our relaxation which is crucial at a time like this. I just think it was very irresponsible by them,” said East Baton Rouge Parish Public School student, Michael Juneau

Dozens of teachers, parents and supporters gathered at the East Baton Rouge School’s Professional Development building protesting the proposal. 

“The community is not behind them and this needs a lot of revision and rethinking” says East Baton Rouge Parish Public Schools teacher, Jessica Ayala.

They said, they feel like a decision was made without talking to the true stakeholders in the district. 

“The plan was proposed, but they didn’t get input from the people it’s going to affect the most,” says East Baton Rouge Association of Educators, Candita Sims, 

During the hours-long public hearing, many simply asked the board to hear them out. 

“None of us do this for the money that would be a dumb choice to be an educator for the money, we do this because we care about it because it matters, and these kids matter to us,” says Ayala.

As for students, they said they’re often left out of the talks, but they’re the ones impacted most. 

I’m all for us having a longer school year, but this isn’t the way to do it,” says East Baton Rouge Parish Public School student, Jack Gabel.

The school board plans to meet and discuss the plan next Thursday evening at 5 p.m.

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