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.
How well is the state’s public school system really performing?
One national survey ranks Louisiana as 49th for academic achievement of public school students. Another national report ranks the state dead last. So, how well is the state’s public school system really performing? Where is there room for improvement? What will the new federal “Every Student Succeeds Act” mean for education in Louisiana? And how have the historic summer floods changed things? Louisiana Public Square explores these issues and more on “Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” Wednesday, September 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE.
The panelists are
• Superintendent Michael Faulk, Central Community School System
• James D. Garvey, Jr. , BESE Board President
• Scott Richard, Executive Director, Louisiana School Boards Association
• Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith, D- Baton Rouge; House Education Committee
LPB CEO Beth Courtney and LSU Manship School of Mass Communication professor Robert Mann host the show. The program features interviews with Louisiana Education State Superintendent John White; Debbie Meaux, President of the Louisiana Association of Educators; Brigitte Nieland with the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and Caddo Parish School Superintendent Dr. Theodis Lamar Goree.
“Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.
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