Baton Rouge, La. (October 8, 2020)— The following is a statement from Carrie Griffin Monica, Executive Director of Stand for Children Louisiana, on the resignation of East Baton Rouge Parish Superintendent Leslie Brown.
“We were deeply saddened when we learned of Superintendent Leslie Brown’s immediate resignation as leader of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. We extend our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to Mrs. Brown and her family at what appears to be an incredibly difficult time.”
“The loss of strong, permanent leadership during a pandemic, after students have already lost nearly three months of school time, while families and teachers are navigating a brand new hybrid learning model and health protocols to keep them from getting sick, and in a very active hurricane season, is nothing short of devastating to the students, teachers, and administrators in East Baton Rouge.”
“It is imperative that the school board move swiftly to hire a permanent, high quality, equity and student centered leader with a proven record of leading transformational change that results in improved outcomes for all students - particularly those who have been underserved.”
“Our school board worked hard to ensure a thoughtful, thorough, and transparent search for a superintendent earlier this year that provided multiple opportunities for community engagement in both defining the desires of the community in the next leader, and hearing from the candidates. That process led us to top notch candidates more than capable of leading the hard and good work that needs to be done. While we are not at a place we desired now, the process implemented earlier this year has set us up to move swiftly to name a high quality, permanent leader who is ready to step right in and provide the consistent leadership our students and educators need and deserve now more than ever.”
About Stand for Children Louisiana
Stand is focused on ensuring all students receive a high quality, relevant education, especially those whose boundless potential is overlooked and under-tapped because of their skin color, zip code, first language, or disability. For more information, visit www.stand.org/Louisiana.