From the first Network for Public Education meeting, Austin, TX, March 1-2, 2014 Karen Lewis & John Kuhn from Vincent Precht on Vimeo.
Feb. 27, 2014 6:50 PM
Written by Amanda McElfresh
A grassroots group of parents, teachers and stakeholders is pushing Louisiana legislators to address several education-related issues during the upcoming regular session.
Three legislators who attended a Thursday breakfast hosted by Power of Public Education Lafayette made no promises when it comes to enacting laws, but vowed to continue to listen to constituents. Lawmakers also urged PPEL members to head to Baton Rouge this spring to make their positions known to the full legislature.
The group is suggesting laws that charter schools approved by the state be completely funded by the state. Those schools also should undergo performance audits, with their renewals directly tied to those results, the group said. They are also seeking to enact legislation to prevent the state from approving charter applications denied by local districts.
Read more at the Advertiser online story
Advocates push for legislation to give taxpayers more control
BY MARSHA SILLS
February 27, 2014
The breakfast, opened to the public, was attended by about 60 people and three legislators: Reps. Terry Landry, D-New Iberia; Vincent Pierre, D-Lafayette; and Joel Robideaux, R-Lafayette.
The group requested legislation that addresses issues with the Common Core State Standards, changes to the state’s school accountability or letter grade system, tougher charter school oversight and local control of charter school application approvals, and changes to teacher evaluations in order to improve teacher retention…
For more see the full Advocate online story.
Mercedes Schneider has the story about how legislation promoting charter schools and boosted by ALEC is coming to your statehouse. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) (established 1973) offers corporate America the opportunity to shape legislation that serves its profit-garnering interests and to do so in statehouses around the country. To accomplish this controlling of the legislative process, ALEC provides forums (conferences that double as posh vacations for legislators and their families) in which both
LAFAYETTE — Two Lafayette Parish public-school parents, who fought last year against for-profit charter operators opening schools here, have organized a new watchdog group called Power of Public Education Lafayette. Parents Kathleen Espinoza and Ann Burruss organized the watchdog group Swamp BESE last year in protest of two charter groups’ applications to the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to open charter schools in Lafayette Parish. After the Lafayette Parish School Board rejected the applications, the groups
LAFAYETTE — A law enacted in July 2012 that has been the crux of much debate between the Lafayette Parish School Board and School Superintendent Pat Cooper will be the topic of two upcoming forums. Cooper has scheduled a Jan. 11 workshop for school employees on the law, known as Act 1, to explore how it changes board governance and staff management. The League of Women Voters of Lafayette will hold its public forum on the law on Jan.
LAFAYETTE — The upcoming legislative session could be a chance for lawmakers to clear up confusion created by a 2012 law that has confounded school districts as it bounces through legal challenges, said educators who discussed the law, known as Act 1, during a forum Tuesday in Lafayette. Act 1 changed several aspects of education law related to teacher pay, evaluation and tenure, superintendent contracts and transferred final approval of hiring and firing decisions from school