Editorial: State legislation not the answer to school problems

Editorial: State legislation not the answer to school problems

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Rep. Nancy Landry’s proposal to replace elected representatives on our school board with appointed ones — which would affect only Lafayette Parish — is poorly considered and should not pass. Read here.  

Editorial: Evaluations for teachers must better reflect teaching efforts

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An editorial from The Advertiser suggests that tying 50% of a teacher’s evaluation is unfair, considering how many other factors are essential components of effective teaching and student achievement. PPEL’s voice is represented by co-founder Ann Burrus. Read here.    

Shocking loss of teachers in Louisiana due to incompetence

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Rudy Espinosa’s comments about Lafayette’s dire teacher retention problems were published by national ed policy expert Diane Ravitch. Read here.

Kathleen Schott Espinoza announces bid for school board

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Our school board needs level heads, steady hands, vision and knowledge about what goes on in classrooms. Kathleen can provide all this and more. “I do not accept that we have failing schools: I believe we have challenges in our system that take hard work, care and community support to meet.” Story here.

Charter Process is Illegal

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The expansion of charter schools in Lafayette has been controversial. In 2013, central office leadership and Lafayette’s business lobby were advocates for the creation of private, for-profit charter schools in the parish. Most vocal was our Superintendent who advocated their expansion as a fix to overcrowding – not as a progressive alternative to neighborhoods in need. Our school board echoed a community concern that the for-profit model was ultimately an inefficient use of tax dollars.

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Network for Public Education (NPE) Call to Action

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From the first Network for Public Education meeting, Austin, TX, March 1-2, 2014 Karen Lewis & John Kuhn from Vincent Precht on Vimeo.