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Principal calls state voucher system "Catastrophic"

3 years ago July 05, 2012 Jul 5, 2012 Thursday, July 05 2012 Thursday, July 05, 2012 5:20:59 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Michael Shingleton

BATON ROUGE - Some school enrollments in East Baton Rouge Parish will more than double when school starts later this year if hundreds of vouchers are filled.

Jehovah-Jireh Christian Academy on North Lobdell has educated hundreds of students over the past 25 years. Its principal, Glenda Colbert, is worried some schools are adding too many students.

"Well number one you got a brand new school. And your students are going to dictate what's going to happen there. You've got new staff that basically does not know your philosophy and does not know your program. So how are you going to orientate all these new kids with a new staff," Colbert questioned.

Jehovah-Jireh Christian plans to take 30 additional students from kindergarten through second grade and hire two teachers that will job shadow those more experienced before being hired on as an official teacher.

Right now the school enrolls 146 students from K-12 with less than 15 students in each class.

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