EBR school board to discuss layoffs in strategic plan
BATON ROUGE - School board members will weigh in Thursday on a plan that recommends the firing of the lowest-performing teachers, and principals who fail to meet their three-year goals.
The proposed 21-page strategic plan aims to improve the school district, with hopes of placing it among the state's top 10 by the year 2020. East Baton Rouge Parish schools currently rank 52nd.
A committee of local business and community leaders developed the plan nearly two years ago.
A local teachers' union who opposes the plan fears it could potentially eliminate more than 700 teachers from the classroom annually.
The board will also decide whether or not to create nine additional charter schools in the parish and will give the results of its recent evaluation of Superintendent Bernard Taylor, who has led the district for a year.
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