Jindal running amok in Louisiana again, blowing up schools [View all]
Jindal’s state (education) commissioner John White, who taught for two years as part of Teach for America...Surely, teachers with years of experience in Louisiana public schools must think they are living in a madhouse, when the state superintendent has so little experience, and White has put the evaluation system in the hands of a 20-something with two years of teaching experience and an expired teaching license...
Teachers, parents, and students need to know the proposed changes Superintendent John White is asking the BESE board to approve next Tuesday.
Comprehensive Counseling (1125) no longer requires secondary schools to have counselors, only that “It shall be recommended that …” they have them...Libraries and Librarians (1705) have been reworded similarly: “It is recommended that each secondary school have …” This will allow school systems to eliminate these highly valuable and necessary individuals.
· No school system is required to participate in a School Accreditation program (311) every five years and receive a classification.
· The school will no longer be sited for having staff not holding a valid Louisiana teaching certificate or for having physical facilities that “do not conform to the current federal, state, and local building fire, safety, and health codes.”
· Section 2313 for Elementary Program of Studies (covering K-8)...Any school can design any curricula it deems appropriate.
· The section on Summer Schools (2501 and 2503) have been gutted of most of their requirements, including minimum instructional hours and class size limits.
· One person without a valid teaching certificate could teach hundreds of students in one class taught for one week if the school superintendent approves it.
Please contact the BESE board and strongly voice your objections to these proposed changes by Superintendent White and Governor Jindal. No one could seriously believe those changes will improve education in Louisiana.