East Baton Rouge Parish School System

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Updated March 12, 2015
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East Baton Rouge Parish School System Superintendent Dr. Bernard Taylor, Jr
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  1. Love It!

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    Current Employee - Steno III in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Steno III in Baton Rouge, LA

    I have been working at East Baton Rouge Parish School System (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to work. Great holidays. The pay is competitive and the insurance benefits are wonderful.

    Cons

    None for the department I work in now.

    Advice to Management

    None at this time.

  2. AVOID!

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    Former Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Baton Rouge, LA

    I worked at East Baton Rouge Parish School System

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    While there are some great schools within EBR, mine wasn't one of them. Some faculty were supportive. The benefits were decent.

    Cons

    Student behavior was horrendous, and there were no procedures in place other than a "time out room" with a max. capacity of about 5 students. Students quickly learn that there are no consequences to bad behavior. Also no reward system for good behavior. Students who were violent and destructive were allowed to remain in the classroom because there was nowhere else for them to go. Principal tried to convince teachers to change student grades so it would appear that performance was better than it actually was, and threatened your job if you refused. Counselor did absolutely nothing and complained when she was asked to talk to a student. Teachers are miserable and feel trapped. Most are simply "serving their time" before they can get into a better district.

    Advice to Management

    Support teachers. Have a system in place for students who are habitually disruptive or violent in the classroom.

  3. great if you need money kids are horrible

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    Former Contractor - Substitute in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Contractor - Substitute in Baton Rouge, LA

    I worked at East Baton Rouge Parish School System as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    easy work if you like kids this is nothing but good fun if you don't this is not for you run. Work days are short no one is all over you your your own boss.

    Cons

    little direction from teachers you fill in for kids don't listen they often try to get over on you. Classes can be very horrible depending on how the teacher manages her class.

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  5. The School System is rotten rotten rotten...

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    Current Employee - Instructional Specialist in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Instructional Specialist in Baton Rouge, LA

    I have been working at East Baton Rouge Parish School System full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great teachers, but 65% of them are leaving - and the Superintendent is not bothered according to his live interview on TV.

    Cons

    School board and district leaders could not hold the parents and students accountable.

    Advice to Management

    Stop blaming teachers. Start helping teachers in class because the real problem is students' discipline and lack of parental involvement

  6. Competency is over-ruled by favoritism.

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    Former Employee - Classroom Teacher/Remedial ELA in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Classroom Teacher/Remedial ELA in Baton Rouge, LA

    I worked at East Baton Rouge Parish School System full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Salaries are some of the best in the state. Creativity is encouraged. Most administers are trying their best against insurmountable odds.

    Cons

    Students are out of control. Administers are more worried about school's report grade so students are not properly reprimanded b/c they don't want the paperwork sent.to the central office. Instructional specialists are observing twenty plus years teachers....decidi.g their fates...when they themselves have little time in the classroom. Corporate execs walking around with clipboards....really!?

    Advice to Management

    Stop all the favoritism and nepotism. Give teachers the credit....not the principals...good ones make all the difference...but, they are not the ones in the classroom. If you want stellar results...offer stellar professional development at the district's expense. Principals shouldn't have to deny PD b/c they don't have the money in tbe school budget. Major corporations have Co.picnics, gatherings to show appreciation. EBR has done nothing for all employees since I started teaching with the district in 2003.

  7. All depends on the school

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    Current Employee - Instructional Specialist in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Instructional Specialist in Baton Rouge, LA

    I have been working at East Baton Rouge Parish School System full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Many opportunities to move up

    Cons

    Many incompetent higher-ups; Lots of politics

    Advice to Management

    Fire or demote your incompetent people

  8. East Baton Rouge Parish School System

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Baton Rouge, LA

    I worked at East Baton Rouge Parish School System full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is one of the higher of surrounding parishes

    Cons

    Very challenging. Many behavior problems that were over the top. I have never ever experienced anything like this before.

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent with your support and provide more of it.

  9. Ok place to work if you can stay motivated

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Baton Rouge, LA

    I have been working at East Baton Rouge Parish School System full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Many teachers are there for the children and everyday they find creative ways to reach these students. Although many students are inner city and at the poverty level, they are intelligent and eager to learn. They need a strong teacher who is willing to show them tough love and celebrate their success. Best part of this company is the teachers who work extremely hard and the students.

    Cons

    Poor leadership in many of the schools (even the high performing schools) which brings down teacher morale. Administration receives credit when school performance scores increase instead of the teachers who have worked hard all year long to ensure student success. Administrators do not listen to the teachers and often belittle them. Salary and raise freezes have sent many teachers to look for alternative employment. Some school have lost several teachers since the beginning of the school yet no one from the central office has investigated why so many teachers are leaving (they say it is due to ineffective teachers leaving due to the new evaluation system which is untrue). The teachers are leaving because administrators are abusing the evaluation system by giving their "favorites" Highly Effective ratings although it contradicts their classroom performance and student achievement. Also administrators are allowing some teachers to evaluate others and then turn around and evaluate each other. Teachers who have come in later in the school year are being awarded Teacher of the Year because they have mastered the "dog and pony show", while hardworking long term teachers are overlooked. I think that schools with high performance should have their principals sent to low performing schools to see if they are truly the reason behind student success.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your teachers and staff. If you ask them questions, don't turn around and tell them that what they are saying is true. If asked, "What makes you successful?" Let the teacher answer, don't tell them that they are successful because of some tip you gave them or the new curriculum. Look at their success from prior years. Allow time for new strategies to take root instead of trying something new every time another principal says it worked for them AND stop wasting our time with professional developments that are not interesting or relevant to student achievement. Weekly meetings should be informative and student centered. We as teachers hardly ever get to run our own planning hour, it's always read this, discuss this, or a bashing session. We get more ground covered when our administrator is absent...which is quite often, but no one will know that although the school is minutes from central office near a prominent and elegant part of town.

  10. Great pay while attending school!!

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    Former Employee - Bus Driver in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Bus Driver in Baton Rouge, LA

    I worked at East Baton Rouge Parish School System full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Able to go to school in between bus routes,. Off on major holidays and off during the summer!!

    Cons

    Not guaranteed to get a route close to home because routes are picked by seniority. Also depending on your supervisor, you will be treated with respect or disrespected.

    Advice to Management

    Have options for drivers that have to drive almost an hour to get to their first stop( because of the few routes that were left). Its not fair for some drivers to do 4 hours a day and some have to drive 10 hours a day but we all get paid 8 hours for the day.

  11. My experience at EBRPSS was both enlightening and disheartening.

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Baton Rouge, LA

    I worked at East Baton Rouge Parish School System

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The best reason to work at EBRPSS was the opportunity to work with the genuinely kind-hearted, compassionate, caring teachers, staff, and campus administrators who have committed themselves to the betterment of the students in our community.

    Cons

    Some of the downsides to working at EBRPSS were the lack of autonomy that teachers have with senior administration, the ineffective instructional demands being forced onto teachers by a disconnected senior administration, and the blame being placed on teachers for the shortcomings of increasingly apathetic, over-tested students, and the removal of disciplinary action that can be taken to remove disruptive students.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to the leadership of EBRPSS would be to listen to your hard-working, dedicated classroom teachers, stop increasing the amount of administrative paperwork you are demanding of teachers (it does not improve student interest, learning, or performance), demand that parents and students are more accountable for student discipline, behavior, learning and performance.

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