Covering Louisiana

Jun 6, 2012 11:31 AM by AP

15 Jefferson Parish principals dismissed from jobs

METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Fifteen principals of Jefferson Parish public schools are being dismissed from their jobs under a policy that removes leaders when their campuses fail to reach academic goals for three years.

The Times-Picayune reports this is the first round of principals to be ousted by a school board policy that originated before the existing board and superintendent arrived but also syncs with the current administration's performance-fueled reform drive.

Acting Superintendent James Meza said officials used test score data from 2011-12 to project how schools' overall ratings will take shape when the state releases them later this year.

He said 33 principals were on the cusp of removal this year but about half of those schools showed performance upticks that saved their jobs.

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