State Superintendent of Education John White travels to Caddo Parish to host a public meeting tonight to discuss recommendations on improving struggling schools in Shreveport.
White says 15 out of 66 schools in the parish have “F” letter grades and 22 have “D” letter grades.
“There are schools that are really struggling and they serve low income kids almost exclusively. I’d like to hear from the community, what should be done about this.”
White says there are several schools under the governance of the local school board plus a charter school, Linwood Public Charter that have persistently struggled. He says a plan dealing with the future of these schools will be presented to BESE next month, so White says they want to get the public’s input on how to improve them.
“They’ve got a good superintendent that’s doing good work and we want to partner with him to ensure that all kids are the beneficiaries of his vision.”
White says this is a critical issues, because only 2% of students in Caddo Parish’s “D” and “F” rated schools receive an ACT score to be eligible for TOPS. The meeting takes place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Peaceful Rest Missionary Baptist Church in Shreveport. White encourages the public to attend.
“We want to listen, we want to understand. There is no better way to start a dialogue than by hearing from the people who are affected in the communities first.”