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Jonesboro-Hodge teachers discuss walk-out with parents

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JONESBORO, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Teachers and Parents met in Jackson Parish to discuss the reasons behind a teacher walk-out earlier this month.

On May 7th, more than a dozen teachers at Jonesboro-Hodge Middle School called in sick. Many parents were angry with the protests, but most were confused, until Friday night when they got an explanation.

Parents were all-ears ready to hear from the teachers about why they were all "sick" on May 7th, because when they came to school to pick up their children, most parents had no idea why so many teachers didn't come to school. It turns out at a school board meeting the night before, a group of teachers were denied the chance to speak because they were not on the agenda.

"Teachers have tried in the past to get on the agenda, and have been turned down," says one teacher in Jackson Parish.

They wanted to talk about issues in the school system.

"Math was difficult this year, they did not purchase a math curriculum for our grade this year," says a teacher from Southside Elementary, "most of my math worksheets came from Google searches and things I could find on my own in old workbooks."

At this meeting, parents were enlightened on why teachers are so "sick," and the various issues they're facing at Jackson Parish Schools.

School board members were invited to the meeting but none attended. One teacher from Southside Elementary says she has repeatedly requested to be on the next school board meeting agenda, set for June 3, but has gotten no firm answer.

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