BETTER is a model that engages fervent partners, committed to improving the quality of life for residents in urban communities. Public agencies, businesses, nonprofits and education institutions collaborate to surmount complex issues affecting the growth and progress of urban communities. This collective is able to rapidly and clearly understand emerging need, mobilize stakeholders and respond with coordination and innovation. Each group has the ability to be intuitive, recognize patterns and construct ideas that have impactful meaning. In Baton Rouge the BETTER model, branded BETTER Baton Rouge, currently has four initiatives underway:
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Our Schools…Our Excellence
Our Schools…Our Excellence is a community- led movement of MetroMorphosis with a single purpose: to create an informed community demand for excellent educational and life outcomes for children in North Baton Rouge. We realize in order to engage our community to become active in the well-being of students, change must come from within. Secondarily, an informed community demand is necessary to build long-term change in urban education.
In 2013, over 80% of North Baton Rouge public and charter schools received a D or F performance rating. Further, of the 11 ‘A’ schools in East Baton Rouge Parish School System, two are located in North Baton Rouge; and of the 13 ‘B’ schools, two are located in North Baton Rouge. The poor performance of schools in North Baton Rouge is a result of the ineffectiveness of the system’s education construct.
Our philosophy is that every child, regardless of location or socioeconomic status, deserves an excellent education. Further, the best way to have a real and measurable impact on student achievement is for community members, parents and students to develop shared goals and work together to create a comprehensive strategy that is specific to the needs of North Baton Rouge.
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