Teachers' Union vows to continue fight against education reform from 2012 session

Teachers' Union vows to continue fight against education reform from 2012 session

POSTED: Monday, April 1, 2013 - 6:30pm

UPDATED: Monday, April 1, 2013 - 6:43pm

This year's legislative session could be marked by some of the same battles that dominated last year's session. That is if one teachers' union has anything to say about it.

"The context of the 2013 session will be affected because it has to handle that which has been broken. The only way that this is going to end nicely or well or end at all is if the problems are fixed," said Steve Monaghan, President of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers.

Bills have already been filed to fight last year's laws, bills backed by the group.

"We're pleased to support more than 18 measures that have been introduced by legislators that attempt to fix what was broken last year,” Monaghan continued, “Changes to the evaluation plan that respect their role as educators, that provides for fair due process to checks on online providers."

Education Reform Advocates say they're not surprised by the group's stance. Chas Roemer with the Board of Secondary and Elementary Education said they would even be willing to look at ways to tweak some of the laws to improve them. But he maintained that BESE would not support their repeal.

"You know every policy we pass needs review and I am willing to review. However the idea that we should have a highly effective teacher in every classroom, the idea that parents should have choice. The idea that we should hold schools accountable, all those are fundamental base principals," Roemer explained.

The future of the much-debated scholarship program is still up in the air as well, a Supreme Court judge still needs to rule on whether the law creating the program is deemed constitutional.

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