Education organizations meet at State Capitol to discuss legislative session
POSTED: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 5:00pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 5:16pm
Baton Rouge, La (NBC33) — Education continues to be a hot topic in this legislative session, and educators and teachers unions are gearing up for more hot debate this year.
Today, representatives from teachers’ unions and superintendents’ associations held a press conference on the steps of the State Capitol. The groups came out in support of some legislation already slated for hearings.
"We have a couple bills (in session) where your child can opt out. For example, if your child is special needs, they're not all going to make 100 on the test,” stated Joyce Haynes with the Louisiana Association of Educators. “Or if there are test anxieties or something like that - we're putting so much pressure on them, it's physically making them sick."
Of course, the groups are still opposing last session’s laws that established changes to teacher tenure and vouchers. Those are still locked up in court proceedings to determine whether they are legal or not.