Hundreds of EBR teachers call out sick in response to “Smart Start”

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More than 600 teachers called out on Monday


The East Baton Rouge Parish School System said 531 teachers were absent on Monday, April 12th. It’s unknown how many of those were a part of the sick-out.

Valencea Johnson, President of the East Baton Rouge Parish Association of Educators, says those numbers are skewed. Johnson says it doesn’t include bus drivers, cafeteria workers and other support staff. She says that number is more than 600.

Superindent Sito Narcisse released the following statement:

“While we experienced a slight uptick in total absences today, we were able to lend support where needed to ensure that high-quality instruction continued for students. We are blessed to have some of the most passionate and devoted teachers and staff in the country. Our teachers are committed to their students and understand the pivotal role they play in developing the future of Baton Rouge. We work and live by our motto – Every student, in every community, in every class every day. I recognize that this plan requires personal sacrifices; however, growth cannot occur without bold action. This is the first step on our path to changing educational outcomes for our children.”

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The East Baton Rouge Parish School System initiative, “Smart Start” is causing some controversy in the Capital City.

In response to the “Smart Start” proposal, teachers in EBR are having a sick-out on Monday, April 12.

Details on today’s sick-out as well as “facts” about the “Smart Start” initiative, can be found below:

A vote on the proposed calendar amendment is scheduled to take place at the next school board meeting on April 22.

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