Walter Cohen students, parents upset with major changes at school

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Posted on October 4, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 4 at 6:33 PM

Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
Email: tdall@wwltv.com | Twitter: @taniadall

NEW ORLEANS -- Students and parents at Walter Cohen High School are up in arms after the Recovery School District announced big changes at the school Thursday.

In about a week, the school will have a new principal, new administrators and some new teachers.

This isn’t the first time the high school has seen change. Students started this school year with new teachers.

The school district says the change is a must, but not everyone is sold on the idea.

Junior and senior students at Walter Cohen took to the street this afternoon upset by the Recovery School District’s decision to make sweeping changes at the high school.

The school district says after a round of classroom observations by school officials, it decided that the “the school’s culture” needed to change.

The RSD says aggressive behavior and lack of discipline among juniors and seniors has been unacceptable.

The plan now is to change the principal at Walter Cohen High School and administrators. The RSD says it has signed a contract with Future is Now charter to manage both the 11th and 12th grades.

The RSD says that agreement will impact 12 teachers who will have the chance to reapply for their jobs.

The changes have caught students, staff and parents off-guard.

“It’s sad that our kids are being treated like business property,” said teacher Thomas Cass. “That’s not right.”

“They’re trying to take our teacher’s out and put new people in who don’t understand what we’re going through,” said senior Megan McKinney.

The RSD says the changes won’t impact this year’s graduating class and that any student unhappy with the changes will have the option to transfer to another school.

Those changes will start here on Oct. 15.

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