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Classes go on in high performing school districts

3 years ago March 14, 2012 Mar 14, 2012 Wednesday, March 14 2012 Wednesday, March 14, 2012 2:56:20 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Chris Nakamoto

ZACHARY - It was business as usual at schools in high achieving school districts today, despite a rally at the Capitol to oppose Governor Jindal's education plan.

Zachary school leaders pride themselves on being the best.  Banners hang from their schools that say Zachary is the number one school district in the state.

"Our job is to educate kids," Superintendent Warren Drake said.  "What kind of signal would it say if parents had to find baby sitters for their kids for us to go to the Capitol?"

Drake said he faced a tough decision Tuesday as area districts began canceling class.  However, in the end he said school must go on.  Next week, high stakes standardized testing begins.  Drake said kids can't afford to miss any class. 

In Central, the mindset was the same.  Packed parking lots showed the full schools.

However, Baker Superintendent Ulysses Joseph said he had to cancel school after multiple teachers requested substitutes.  Joseph said he didn't want to cancel, but had no choice.

"I'd love to have my teachers here today, but at some point in time, you have to empathize with those folks because again these are the people teaching our kids everyday," Ulysses Joseph said.

News 2 checked with other school districts in our area. West Baton Rouge, Ascension and Livingston Parishes also held class today.  They reported few teacher absences.

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