State Superintendent of Education speaks on poorly performing Baton Rouge schools

Education

POSTED: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - 5:00pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - 6:04pm

State Superintendent of Education John White was in Baton Rouge today to talk about bringing Baton Rouge schools back up to par.

White spoke at the Baton Rouge Rotary Club this afternoon.

Baton Rouge has more than two dozen schools that are performing in the “failing” range.

White says he supports a plan to create a "Baton Rouge Achievement Zone".

He says students won't have to wait for a better education.

"We've got nine schools coming into the Achievement Zone in Baton Rouge, starting next year,” said White. “Those schools are going to experience new partnerships. Teachers are going to experience new autonomy and higher standards, and we are really going to move the ball down the field. "

This zone will focus on the 20 schools mainly in north Baton Rouge.

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