Baton Rouge, LA (PPN)- Today, the Baton Rouge Chapter of the NAACP files lawsuit against the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board for failure to comply with the public record request order and violation of the Open Meeting Law.
The petition states that the “the school board held ‘Small Group Superintendent Candidate Workshops’, which was limited to private meetings among select guests in an attempt to deny public comment as the board interviews the two finalists for Superintendent of East Baton Rouge Parish Schools.”
The search for Superintendent has came with much controversy including the initial selection process when Board Member Evelyn Ware stated in an email chain between herself and the NAACP, “We made some errors in the last couple of hours before the meeting that affected the list of candidates moving forward to the interview phase. It may not affect the final choice but in all fairness two candidates should get a recount,” Ware-Jackson also mentioned that one candidate name was wrong on the ballot.
The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board consists of 5 white members and four blacks members. The board generally vote upon racial lines; despite the nearly 80 percent of 42,000-plus students are black, and 84 percent live in poverty.
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