CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) - The Lake Charles chapter of the NAACP held a news conference Tuesday afternoon to discuss the state of Calcasieu Parish schools.
Chapter President Rev. J.L. Franklin said the NAACP is requesting the Calcasieu Parish School Board to declare a 'state of emergency' for parish schools.
Franklin said with Louisiana ranking nearly last in several educational categories, action must be taken to improve things.
"The urgency of the matter becomes paramount when we now have 18 failing schools in Calcasieu Parish," Franklin said.
The group laid out some expectations they want the school board to meet in the 2018-2019 school year.
KPLC reached out to the school board for a response to the NAACP statement, per Superintendent Bruchhaus:
"We had no knowledge of the press conference they held today nor what they discussed. While he would be happy to meet with them, the NAACP has had no correspondence with Superintendent Bruchhaus since the forum he attended on April 23, and he has not seen any submitted plan from them."
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