POSTED: Friday, February 8, 2013 - 6:45pm
UPDATED: Friday, February 8, 2013 - 6:49pm
Virginia (NBC33) — Governor Bobby Jindal is in Richmond today to talk education reform.
Virginia could be enacting some of Jindal's signature plans in an effort to turn around failing schools there. The most controversial: a plan to take over underperforming schools.
Here in Louisiana, we've had that in place for seven years, and Governor Jindal credits it for turning around New Orleans schools.
"There's more work to be done in New Orleans, but you’ve got to look where New Orleans was,” stated Jindal. “You look at the percentage of kids who weren't on grade level, according to national statistics - that's doubled in five years."
Performance has improved, but New Orleans takeover schools still rank among the lowest in the state.
Jindal also talked about putting Virginia schools on an A-F grading system. The logic is that if parents see they have kids in a C, D, or F school, they'll become more involved in PTAs and turn things around.