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Caddo reviews Planning Time for Teachers

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High schools in Caddo Parish will be moving back to a traditional seven-period day.

 

The change would address some frustrated teachers who complain that the current block scheduling system does not allow them state-mandated planning time.

The state requires that teachers have 225 minutes of planning a week  instead teachers are forced to do lesson plans after school or during personal time.   

Meanwhile Curtis Hooks told his fellow school board members Tuesday night , that the district has not seen improvement in test scores. 
 
Some teachers  representing five Caddo High Schools, Captain Shreve,  Northwood,  Woodlawn, Huntington and Caddo Magnet High said 
the lack of planning time has caused one big headache.

"We were coming to school pretty early and staying late before they took away half our planning time. Now this is putting stress on our health and it's 
really hurting our students," said Virginia Marks with Caddo Parish Magnet High.

Steven Jenkins from Huntington High school says test results are suffering.  

"I don't get to return parental phones call as much which parents are concerned about how their children are doing and honestly 
I just don't have the time to respond to them in a timely manner," said Jenkins.

The current schedule also requires more teachers, a cost to the district of  about 3 million a year.  

"I want to make it clear our principal did what the board told her to do . This is not the principals fault," said Marks.


Hooks will hear feedback from Dr. Lamar Goree on teacher planning time, during the December 17th school board meeting.

 

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