Calcasieu

Apr 2, 2012 7:11 PM by Elizabeth Hill

Teachers lead effort to recall Bobby Jindal

"We're fed up!"

Anne Reeves has had enough.

"We have emailed, we've called our legislators. It has fallen on deaf ears."

She and four fellow Lake Charles teachers filed papers to recall the Governor and House Speaker Charles Kleckley. They say Kleckley has purposely rushed these bills through.

"They've rushed it through and I personally watched online the house session and watched the bills voted on and watched the opposition be shut down."

The biggest challenge in this recall effort will be getting the necessary number of signatures. They need one third of the state's 2.86 million registered voters to sign a petition within six months.

"We know that it's a huge hurdle for us, however, this has gone statewide, we are amazed at the outpouring of support that we have received."

"We've been mailing them, having people pick them up, having people sign, we've had an incredible response. We didn't dream of this response."

They'll need just under a million signatures. Five different efforts to recall Jindal have failed.

The Jindal administration say they're not worried about the latest effort.

"We're not concerned and not surprised that the coalition of the status quo is trying to intimidate folks who want to reform our schools and make them better for our children," said press secretary Frank Collins.

The education reform bills could move into the full senate for debate as early as Wednesday.

If the bills pass after that senate debate, the plan could get to the Governor's desk by the end of the week.

For more information about the recall effort visit recallbobbyjindal.com.

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