SAVE OUR PROFESSION! Tell lawmakers to slow down the Jindal train!
The House and Senate Education Committees must allow full and open debate of the Jindal agenda!
Please scroll down to complete a short form and send a message to the House and Senate Education Committees.
Beginning on Wednesday, March 14, lawmakers will begin deliberations on the most radical changes to the education profession ever considered in Louisiana.
Whether or not you agree with Gov. Bobby Jindal’s legislative agenda, it is important to understand that his plan needs to be considered openly, transparently and with adequate public comment.
The governor’s supporters say they want to pass major bills very early in the session, as quickly as possible, and without amendments. The House Education Committee has already scheduled a hearing on the governor’s package, HB 974, HB 976 and HB 933 for Wednesday morning at 8:30 A.M.
There are indications that the Senate Education Committee may deliberate its versions of the governor’s package on Thursday.
If these bills pass as written, there will never be another across-the-board pay raise for Louisiana teachers and school employees – future salary schedules will be determined by local school superintendents.
Due process rights for teachers, including tenure, will be gutted. Virtually every decision made about teachers’ professional lives will depend on the new, unproven teacher evaluation system. Teachers rated as “ineffective” even once will be subject to termination. Up to 10 percent of Louisiana teachers could be immediately fired!
It would be ethically wrong to let these bills pass without a fair and thorough review. Please complete this short form and tell members of the House and Senate Education Committees to allow a full discussion and public participation before they approve these bills.
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