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Collins Hosts Reception for Schools with Community Stakeholders in District 4

BATON ROUGE, La. – On Wednesday, January 18th, School Board Member Dawn Chanet Collins hosted a New Year’s Reception for the schools in East Baton Rouge Parish School System, District 4. Collins invited community stakeholders who reside or do business in the district such as elected officials, public education advocates, and small business owners. Attendees included Senator Regina Ashford Barrow; Council-persons Donna Collins-Lewis, Erika Green, and LaMont Cole; business owners Jason Gardner of Vivid Images, Jeremy Jackson of State Farm Insurance, and Denise Harris of REMAX Preferred Choice; as well as, public......

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WBRZ: Governor, others discuss improving relations between cops, community at White House

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson were among the elected leaders, community organizers and law enforcement personnel from across the country who attended a special meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House Wednesday. The group discussed ways to improve relations between law enforcement and the community. East Baton Rouge Parish Public Schools board member Dawn Collins was among the Louisiana delegation. After the meeting, she said she believes acceptance is the first step in improving relations. “If we could just operate......

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The Advocate: Charter schools once again dominate District 4 race for East Baton Rouge School Board

A political consultant and a Navy veteran-turned-substance abuse counselor are battling it out in a March 5 special election to fill the open District 4 seat on the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board, which recently was vacated by longtime occupant Tarvald Smith. Dawn Collins and Robert Maxie, both black and registered Democrats, are running in the predominantly black and Democratic north Baton Rouge district. Collins and Maxie are both mid-’90s graduates of Baton Rouge public schools — Lee and Capitol high schools, respectively. Both have school-aged children. Collins, 39, has two......

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