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National organization is expressing concerns about local schools.

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Members of the Shreveport Branch of the NAACP are demanding that changes be made in Caddo Parish schools.

Chapter President Lloyd Thompson, said he's taking action because of the extreme disappointment and concern about what is happening to the schools in the community

The organization released a recommendation plan to improve failing schools to the school board office in an effort to avoid a state-takeover.

The letter aims to halt the closure of district schools and address many unanswered questions about the current Caddo Plan. The board  asks that Caddo public schools develop an effective alternative school; Develop a parish-wide recovery district; and utilize central office staff and other personnel to have the best impact on the learning experience.

 "Why you got substitute teachers that's not trained. Let's train them to be substitutes. You have them in these classrooms all year long and they're not trained in the field that you got them in," said Thompson.

The Recovery School District and Caddo Parish School Board officials were expecting to reveal a unified plan Friday, but they have not reached an agreement. District five School Board member Curtis Hooks fears the actions are too little too late.

"I can tell you that from experience they will not come up with a unified plan because Mr. Ford already had in mind which school he is going to take. They can come up with all kinds of plans. All kinds of writing and anything they want to at this point, it's too late," said Hooks.  

Mr. Thompson's  recommendations are a result of the feedback the organization received from residents during two community forums on October 17, 2013 and October 22, 2013.

Interim Superintendent Dr. Mary Nash Robinson welcomes the input.

"He spoke to having central office personnel placed in schools that support what we've already proposed. And that is to put the resources where the needs actually are. He has also spoken about teacher training and those kinds of things that are already there. So he just kind of enhanced what it is that we've included," said Dr. Robinson.

 

 

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