Re: Governor Jindal calling for school reform

I am a retired teacher in Rapides Parish. I'm responding to your concern about schools report cards being unacceptable. What can you expect? Teachers are overwhelmed with paper work, new programs, documentation of diversity lessons, superintendents making decisions which deny students a proper education, overcrowded classrooms, cuts which are hindering teachers success in the classroom. People making decisions have NO idea what it's like IN THE CLASSROOM. And emphasis is not placed on educating the CHILD -- it's all on teaching to a test to raise scores. No one EVER asks teachers for inputs on decisions. And, after all -- WHO is actually doing all the REAL work with our children? Instead, teachers are unappreciated and ungratified -- working loooong hours for very little pay. Isn't it funny -- there would be no "fat cats" if these individuals had not had good TEACHERS -- but teachers are paid lowest salaries. And when we do ask for a raise, we're accused of not caring about the children!! Ironic -- wouldn't you say -- we have bills to pay, too. Thank you for listening to me -- but I sincerely hope you do more than just LISTEN! Please -- we're losing good teachers to other professions and to other states!