Teachers protest cuts at charter school by cutting class

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Posted: Apr 25, 2012 1:11 PM
Updated: Apr 25, 2012 1:11 PM

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BATON ROUGE - Teachers are cutting class Wednesday at Crestworth Learning Academy in Baton Rouge in protest of salary cuts.

More than half of the 22 teachers arranged to take the day off after their pay was cut by 20 percent by the charter schools board members Tuesday night.

Because of the more than $1 million in cuts, teachers will now have to pay 50% of their health insurance.

Board members said the cuts are only temporary and came suddenly because the state pulled its funding after enrollment dropped.

Charter school board members said the school lost more than 100 students in the last year.

The cuts affect all teachers and support staff. Substitute teachers were called in to handle classes. The absent teachers are expected at school tomorrow.

Sarah Rosario has the story on News2 at 5pm.

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