Education town hall meeting leaves many with more questions than answers

Education town hall meeting leaves many with more questions than answers
Education
Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 6:13pm

State Superintendent of Education John White is circling the state talking to parents and teachers about how best to implement Governor Jindal's Education reform plan.

Hundreds of Ascension Parish teachers came to Dutchtown High School tonight, Thursday, April 26, for the latest "Louisiana believes" town hall meeting. Many, however, left with more questions than answers.

Several teachers expressed their skepticism about how Governor Jindal's educational agenda will be implemented and how well it will work.

The plan involves making it easier for poor students from low performing schools to transfer to the school of their choice. The other part makes it more difficult for tenured teachers to keep that status and more difficult for newer teachers to get it.

One teacher who attended the meeting believes lingering bitterness over Jindal's educational reform plan will cause some instructors to oppose implementing it in their classrooms.

“For the most part teachers will comply,” Vicki August, teacher, said. “There is going to be some resistance because you have people coming in that are not traditional educators who are now in the business of running the public schools like a business.”

The next stop for White on his 22 stop tour through Louisiana is the Lafourche and Terrebone area.
 

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