Lafayette Parish educators continue to voice their concerns. The school calendar for next year was re-introduced to the school board Wednesday, but as an information report. Some teachers support the new calendar, then there are those who don't.
According to the Director of Academics Karen Williams, next year's school calendar has two less instructional days than last year. She says based on minutes in the classroom Lafayette Parish schools are ahead. "We have 2,115 additional minutes over and above the state requirement according to our schedules with the minutes we have in each day," says Williams.
Williams says that's five and a half additional days than what the state wants. Williams stressed that teachers want professional development time. "We have 10 "D" schools and 10 "C" schools. We have to get better and we want to get better. Those schools crave that professional development," says Williams.
For educator Vincent P. Barras that's not the case. Barras wants to see the school calendar next year reflect more face time with students. "I lose instructional time regularly. There are 8 days in exams when I'm not instructing. This last week I lost days giving the Plan Explore Test and another day to the mandatory ACT," says Barras.
Barras isn't alone in his request. Parish educator Johnathan Cole says he's not oppose to professional development, but instructional time is just as important. "In that time students can read ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird' in English class. Chemistry students can undertake multiple labs," says Cole.
"In an ideal world I shouldn't even have to ask, adds Barras.
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