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Veronica Brooks
The Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools

Veronica Brooks is the Policy Director at the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools (LAPCS), a nonprofit dedicated to supporting, promoting, and advocating for high-quality charter schools. Originally from Virginia, Veronica grew up in an impoverished community with few quality educational options.

While an undergraduate at the University of Virginia, she became passionate about educational equity and joined Teach for America upon graduation. She taught middle school science in a traditional public school in a rural parish in Louisiana where her fervor for educational justice was solidified.

Veronica attended graduate school at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., earning her Master of Public Policy degree, with a focus in Education Policy and Program Evaluation. She worked for D.C. Public Schools, an international research firm, and the Louisiana Department of Education before taking on her current position at LAPCS.

In her limited spare time, Veronica enjoys reading, traveling around the world, and indulging in Louisiana’s delicious cuisine.

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05/16 - Louisiana Veterans Coming Home

What challenges do our returning veterans face?

Special Presentation


12/15 - Election 2015: An Analysis

What strategies did each of the major candidates use during the Governor's race?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

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06/16 - Symbol or Statement? History in Public Spaces (encore)

Is the display of Civil War statues in public justified or do they belong only in museums?

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How is Louisiana tackling this serious addiction epidemic?


03/16 - Justice on Hold: Louisiana’s Public Defender Shortage

How serious of a problem is the shortage of public defenders in Louisiana?


02/16 - Effects of Expansion: Medicaid in Louisiana

How will the lives of those who now have access to health care change?


01/16 - Police POV: Body Cameras in Louisiana

What happens when police and the people they arrest have different versions of their encounters?

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