Louisiana Association of Educators proposes its own reform plan

Friday, January 27, 2012 - 5:51pm

BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) — The Louisiana Association of Educators is proposing its own education reform plan for the state.

That's because they say Governor Bobby Jindal’s plan will hurt schools and students.

Organization leaders say they agree with the way the governor hopes to tackle some of the state's education issues, but when it comes to how teachers will be treated and evaluated, they say his idea of reform just doesn't make sense.

"No matter how many times I said this is not fair, this is flawed. It doesn't even take in all the folks who are teaching, yet all of us teach the same children and you are about to penalize all those who teach the hardest part of it all," Joyce Haynes, LAE President, explained.

The LAE will present some parts of their reform plan to lawmakers during legislative session in March.

In that plan they want to improve teacher quality by creating partnerships among educators.

The plan would also require tenure to be based on more than just a test score.

And if a teacher under tenure isn't measuring up, LAE wants to have a hearing process for that underperforming educator.

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