In the rush to privatize the country’s schools, corporations and politicians have decimated school budgets, replaced teaching with standardized testing, and placed the blame on teachers and students.
It’s a sad day for the Lafayette Chamber—and for Lafayette. Today’s Advocate posts a short article outlining the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce’s legislative agenda. For those of us who’ve followed the changes at the chamber with some discomfort, today is the day our worst fears are realized. It used to be that the local chambers of commerce were support groups for regional business and rabid boosters of their local communities. The community could count on
The Lafayette Chamber of Commerce announces its support for several education bills that don’t align with the best interests of our schools, students, teachers — and which in some instances run counter to the votes of our elected school board representatives. Read here.
Veteran teacher Kirsten Ragatz of Minneapolis explains what leads to teacher retention difficulties in high-poverty schools. “I have taught children who had no food at home, were the victims of sexual abuse, were homeless, or had experienced serious trauma, and my experiences are not unique in any way. My colleagues all have stories to tell. The teachers I have worked with love children, and they love teaching. We all have had more joyful moments than
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.
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.
Rudy Espinosa’s comments about Lafayette’s dire teacher retention problems were published by national ed policy expert Diane Ravitch. Read here.
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.