I simply do not accept the rhetoric that any opposition to the Jindal education reforms is not in the best interest of the children and neither should parents. Gov. Bobby Jindal has attached political buzz words and phrases to his controversial education package such as “reform,” “alternative,” “choice,” and “cutting the red tape.” Attaching this terminology to a hastily written set of laws does not mean that it will actually have a positive impact.
Under the new Board of Elementary and Secondary Education changes, parents now have the “choice” to send their children to a school with uncertified teachers and little oversight. The charter schools are supposed to operate without the red tape enforced, ironically, by the same board that implements it.
For my child, having a teacher that has graduated from college with at least a 2.5 GPA, has been trained in a variety of educational practices, and has taken both parts of the Praxis test required for certification is less red tape and more necessary requirements.
Teachers should be trained professionals. The majority of teachers may be the only group of people that want what is best for your child.
Also, consider the motivations to decrease teacher standards for charter schools. Could this be because the schools are so chaotic that teachers will not fill the positions even with the chance of higher pay and less oversight?
This administration is using the educational system as a political pawn in a chess game where students, parents and schools will lose. This administration has successfully implemented a sleight of hand where it distracted the public with a blame game aimed at schools and teachers, who incidentally are following the rules set by the state government. These “reforms”were rushed through the Legislature without proper debate that would have quickly revealed the multitude of flaws and lack of positive “reforms,” “alternatives,” and “choices”? it actually created.
Parents should do their homework. Go to http://www.louisianaschools.net and look at the 2011 school performance scores, specifically the charter schools. Compare them for yourself. Do not allow these politicians to hide behind the children with phrases like “it is what’s best for the children.” Hold them accountable and ensure it actually is what is best for the children.