Parents say Baker schools need to improve

Education

POSTED: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 6:15pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 6:19pm

Imagine if your child came home with three F's and two D's. That probably wouldn’t be acceptable. Well, those were the most recent grades for five schools in the Baker school district. This poor academic performance was why Helen Watts moved away from the city with her two kids years ago.

"They ended up coming with me to Central and they graduated in Central because of the school system...Baker is not cutting it anymore. The school system has become poor," says Watts.

Baker Superintendent Ulysses Joseph acknowledges his school district does need to improve, but he's already seeing signs that it is. He says that Park Ridge Elementary School saw an almost 40 point improvement in scores on the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program or LEAP.

He says he's suggested putting a property tax on the ballot, but was told voters probably wouldn't approve it.

Watts says she supports that kind of measure because without it, she believes the future for Baker students doesn't look bright.

"Right now, not very hopeful, not very hopeful for them because I don't think and I don't feel like they're getting the best of an education," states Watts.

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