Mayor: Parents are the problem
BATON ROUGE - Mayor-President Kip Holden believes the problem with education in Baton Rouge isn't the schools or the teachers, but the parents.
Throughout the St. George effort, schools and education have been the driving force behind the move to form a new city. In a speech to the council, before Wednesday night's annexation vote, Holden said it's the parents who have created a problem; they've not been interested in being a mom and dad.
"The problem that I see with schools, we got to teach parenting a lot better," he said. "Or, those who don't want to take care of their kids. Deal with them."
Holden said schools in East Baton Rouge Parish are taking all the heat. He's calling on the parents to take action and take responsibility, or bring in someone who can.
"Don't leave those kids out there on no man's island and let them live a life where they're drifting," he said.
Parents who support St. George have been told the only way to create a new, independent school district was to form a new city, similar to Baker, Zachary, and Central.
"It's the frustration of the discipline issue, that's what it comes down to. It's brushed under the table," said one parent. "People just want to vote, that's all we're asking."