Some Districts Cancel Classes so Teachers Can Lobby at Capitol

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

With Gov. Bobby Jindal's public education overhaul package getting its first hearings in the Legislature this week, some school districts are canceling classes so that teachers can go rally at the State Capitol.

The Advocate of Baton Rouge reports that "The East Baton Rouge Parish school system announced Tuesday morning that it is canceling classes Wednesday after a higher than normal number of teachers reported they would be absent from schools that day.

"Two teacher unions are expecting many teachers to go to the State Capitol this week to attend debates over Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposals to reshape public education, including changes in teacher tenure and the expansion of private school vouchers."

The newspaper reported at least two other school districts, St. Martin and Vermilion parishes, were following suit on Thursday.

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