Gifted students will shift to failing school
BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board will move about 100 gifted and talented students from Glen Oaks Park Elementary School to Merrydale Elementary School this fall to try to increase test-score performance at Merrydale.
The Advocate reports the board also voted this past week to authorize conversion of Claiborne Elementary School into a magnet school in 2014, and moving sixth- and seventh-graders out of Glen Oaks High School to a new location.
The proposal to move the gifted and talented students from Glen Oaks Park, a C-rated school, to nearby Merrydale Elementary, an F-rated school, generated some complaints from parents who worried the shift would harm performance at Glen Oaks.
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