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Barret Elementary : Passing the Grade

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Ten ... That is the number of Caddo Parish Schools the state no longer considers to be failing schools.

When the news was announced that the schools were coming off the state's academically unacceptable list and were no longer facing state take over, tears of joy were cried by many of the teachers and administrators at those schools.

Teachers at Barret Elementary were among those who were overjoyed by the news.

"I knew it was going to be hard work, I knew the state was going to be coming in observing my class room, observing my work ," said teacher Raqual Fuggins.

While others were running away at the thought of teaching at Barret Elementary, she opened the doors and walked right in.

"I knew the kids here needed me," said Fuggins.

Teacher Patricia Jordan has worked at Barret for nine years and for most of those year Barret was considered failing.

"How long have you been at this school? ... this school? Nine years now "

"People would say ... You work at Barret? ... and I was like yeah Barret is just as good as any other school," Jordan told KTBS 3 News.

And after five years, they have now proved it. The school uses a variety of teaching techniques and Jordan feels that's one of the things that has helped them the most was parent involvement.

"We went door to door and invite the parents to the school handing out flyers and things like that, " said Jordan.

Teachers say they started seeing a dramatic improvement in not only test scores but also in their students over all out look on education.

This Thursday Sept 5th we will feature E.B. Williams Stoner Hill Elementary.

Friday Sept 6th : Turner Elementary/6th grade Academy

Sunday Sept 8th (9am): Booker T. Washington New Technology High School,

Monday Sept 9th : Sunset Acres Elementary,

Tuesday Sept 10th :Huntington high school,

Wed Sept 11th :Cherokee park elementary,

Thursday Sept 12th , Caddo Heights math/science elementary,

Friday Sept 13th Creswell elementary

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