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NAACP tries to help struggling schools from state takeover

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The local NAACP branch wants community input on how to save struggling schools.

Thursday, the group held a community forum on education at Williams Memorial CME Temple Church, located at 1501 Peabody Street in Shreveport.

Lloyd Thompson, NAACP president, said he hoped to discuss the Caddo Parish school board's current plan on what it will take to avoid a state takeover of failing schools.

"We would like to encourage people to come out and let us write their ideas down on what they think needs to happen to their schools . We have closed up too many schools in our community and we are still in the failing stages. We would like to turn that around by offering suggestions to the school board and state, and we hope everybody can come out because we have 100 plans on hand, so you can look at the plan yourself," said Thompson.

Officials in the district are currently planning to restructure 17 schools, close three, and relocate educators from struggling schools to avoid the takeover.

Caddo parent Kevin Fortson, said the district needs to be restructured.

"We are getting tired of fighting the school board fighting the state and we need more resources and people that are concerned about educating our children," said Kevin Fortson. 

The NAACP will meet Thursday, October 24th at 6 p.m. at their office at 1315 Milam Street in Shreveport for their next forum on education. 

 

 

 

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