Covering Louisiana

Apr 5, 2012 4:54 PM by Tonya LaCoste

LAE comments on education bills

The Louisiana Association of Educators called recently passed education bills radical and the LAE president said Governor Jindal's proposals fail to offer the best solution for Louisiana's children. "His voucher plan (HB 976) will rob local funds from our neighborhood schools," Joyce Haynes said. "We need to start talking about real solutions like a functional evaluation system focused on helping our teachers become better instructors in their classrooms."

According to Haynes, the LAE has offered better solutions than what's laid out in the governor's agenda, which she said is modeled by out of state influences like the American Legislative Exchange Council. "Union leaders continue to insist that Governor Jindal give the people of Louisiana the same time and consideration that he gives to people from out of state," Haynes said.

As for the teacher tenure bill, LAE leaders would prefer proposals that would revamp current teacher tenure laws and call for fair, "transparent and just procedure for discharging, demoting, or disciplining a permanent teacher." "These bills confirm our commitment to our students," said Haynes. "We'll continue to look at other opportunities to make a difference in serving them, and are still hoping for the chance to collaborate with those who seek our guidance. We have better solutions, we just need lawmakers to give us an open ear."



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