Organizer: BR charter schools must be excellent or risk losing public support

Article By: Charles Lussier | March 28, 2014 | Originally Posted on theadvocate.com

As a new wave of charter schools readies to break across north Baton Rouge, supporters gathered Thursday to say the Capital City is poised for a rare opportunity to change public education, but the window to do so is short.

“This place is ready. It’s primed. It’s ready to go,” said Chris Meyer, co-founder and chief executive officer of New Schools for Baton Rouge.

The opportunity could pass by if the moment is mishandled, Meyer warned.

“Everything we roll out from here on forward has to be great, or we run a great risk later,” he said.

Meyer’s group hosted the Education Ecosystem Summit at the Shaw Center for the Arts downtown. About 75 people attended.

New Schools for Baton Rouge, formed in 2012, is best known for its efforts to recruit charter school management organizations to run schools in north Baton Rouge. New Schools also raises money to help those schools get up and running.

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