Parents split on school closure for teachers

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Posted: Mar 13, 2012 10:06 PM by Ashley Rodrigue
Updated: Mar 14, 2012 7:08 AM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: parents, East Baton Rouge parish, teachers, governor, Jindal

BATON ROUGE- No school today has parents in East Baton Rouge Parish shrugging their shoulders for an alternative to their childrens' classrooms.

Classes were canceled after so many teachers requested Wednesday off to protest Governor Bobby Jindal's education reform plan at the Capitol. A House committee takes up the reform plan first thing.

Jindal wants superintendents and principals to have the power to hire and fire teachers, taking it out of the hands of school boards.

One of the most controversial elements is a voucher program to move kids from failing public schools to private schools. Taxpayers would foot the bill for the shift.

Teachers also aren't happy about changing tenure laws and basing employment on performance.

While that's going on, activity centers in EBR are adjusting hours so kids have somewhere to go.

But what parents say they know for certain is how they feel about being put in this position to begin with, and those opinions are mixed.

In reaction to the school closure, a spokesman for the governor's office tells News 2, "There's going to be plenty of time for debate in the process. It's a good thing when more people are involved in the legislative process, but we hope union leaders are not encouraging good teachers to deprive our children of a school day, especially one week before important exams like LEAP and GEE."

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