Research reflects that high juvenile crime rates are related to failure of K-12 public education. Current Jefferson Parish Superintendent James Meza and a majority of the School Board have implemented budgetary and policy changes which have the Jefferson Parish Public School System headed in a positive direction. GCR Inc. stated in its 2013 status report, “By every metric.... performance of schools and students in Jefferson Parish has improved substantially over the past two to three school years.” This should give residents of Jefferson Parish hope that generations of children attending public schools will have a bright future and be positive contributors to our economy.
The Jefferson Business Council is pleased to join the Jefferson Chamber, the East Jefferson Business Association, the Harvey Canal Industrial Association, Stop the Tolls, the Bureau of Governmental Research, Stand For Children and The Advocate, as well as other publications and civic and professional groups, in commending our school system and all involved for the remarkable improvements that have been achieved in a short period of time and in strongly supporting the millage renewal that will be before voters on the October 19 ballot. We ask residents of Jefferson Parish to continue to invest in the future of children who attend public schools in our parish by voting in favor of the renewal of this millage.
executive director, Jefferson Business Council