Education

Apr 24, 2013 10:26 PM by Chris Welty

Acadiana Teachers Rally at State Capitol

Teachers from all over Acadiana hit the steps of the Capitol calling for change.

They made it very clear they don't support Governor Bobby Jindal's education proposals, specifically the Act One Legislation. That plan consists of a number of education bills, some deal with teacher evaluations and others would link pay to teacher performance.

Teachers aren't backing down until they see change.

Wearing black, nearly fifty teachers from Lafayette High School car-pooled to the steps of the state capitol, protesting Governor Jindal's education plan. At times, that protest was heated, especially when the group spotted Lafayette Representative Nancy Landry.

"We promised from the beginning we would listen and work with y'all," said Landry.

Educators disagreed saying, "But y'all haven't. That's the reality."

The teachers are afraid their concerns are falling on deaf ears. Some teachers even say, State Superintendent John White has "killed the dream."

Lafayette High School teacher Rodolpho Espinoza wants the state to re-evaluate the compensation plan.

"Let's get a local option to create our own evaluation system in Lafayette Parish by Lafayette Parish where we can have some input instead of shoving it down our throats from Baton Rouge or Mr. White. If things don't change, thousands of other teachers will also leave the system."

They want to see change for their students and the future of public education. LHS teacher Cathy Walz says parents need to be held accountable and she's worried about losing veteran teachers.

"Sometimes students aren't putting out efforts," says Walz.

Educators realize seeing change will not happen over night, but they will continue lobbying every step of the way.

Chris Welty
cwelty@katctv.com

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