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Panelist Bio


Veronica Brooks
The Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools

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.

Current Topic


     11/18 - An Eye on Admissions

What standards should be used for college admissions?
This fall, LSU instituted a “holistic admissions” process for incoming students which relies more on essays and recommendations than on College Board test scores and grade point averages. Proponents of the move say it’s a better way to identify strong students while opening up opportunities for families not financially able to afford prep classes for standardized exams. Opponents say the move will increase student attrition and could endanger LSU’s flagship status. Examine the new standards from several different perspectives.

Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “An Eye on Admissions” Wednesday, November 21 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Alexandria; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.
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