PPEL’s 2014 Legislative Report Card

PPEL’s 2014 Legislative Report Card

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Legislative Report Card on PPEL’s legislative priorities – 2014

PPEL heard from Representatives and presented a legislative agenda at our first annual Legislative Breakfast in March. Priority issues included privatization, teacher retention, and accountability systems.  Over two-dozen bills of interest were identified. Of those, only a few were moved out of the House Education Committee and further into the legislative process.  During the session, local governance became an additional legislative priority.

BILL SUMMARY PPELPosition Outcome
HB 703 Edwards A,B,C districts that deny Type 1 charter school applications not subject to Type 2 appeal at BESE. Yes vote FAILED
HB 995 Williams Provides for teacher retention; teacher evaluations from multiple data sources, including TEAM, portfolio, etc. Yes vote FAILED
HB 1232 Landry Change local governance by providing powers to Superintendents to alter job descriptions and salary scales. No vote FAILED
SB 636 White Change local governance by altering responsibilities of principals, school board, Superintendent, in Baton Rouge. No vote FAILED
HB 786 Landry Change local governance by changing Lafayette parish school board election cycle timing from short Congressional ticket to long Gubernatorial ticket. No vote PASSED Signed into law

House Education Committee voting record on PPEL’s priority bills:

REPRESENTATIVESHouse Education Committee Grade HB703 HB995 HB1232 SB636
PPEL position y y n n
Carter, Stephen D Baton Rouge n y y y
Jefferson, Patrick A Homer y y n n
Bishop, Wesley B New Orleans y n n
Broadwater, Chris F Hammond y y
Burns, Henry L. D Haughton n y y y
Carmody, Thomas F Shreveport n y y
Champagne, Simone B. F Erath n y
Edwards, John Bel A Amite y y n n
Henry, Cameron, R D Metairie y
Hollis, Paul F Covington n y y
Ivey, Barry F Baton Rouge n y y
Landry, Nancy D Lafayette n y* y y
Price, Edward J. A Gonzales y y n n
Reynolds, Eugene B Minden y y n
Richard, Jerome ‘Dee’ B Thibodeaux y y n
Shadoin, Robert D Ruston y y y
Smith, Patricia Haynes A Baton Rouge y y n n
Thompson, Jeff F Bossier City y y
Williams, Alfred A Baton Rouge y y n n

Representatives Patrick Jefferson, John Bel Edwards, Ed Price, Patricia Haynes-Smith, and Alfred Williams receive an “A”, and Rep.s Gene Reynolds and Dee Richard receive a “B”, for upholding legislative priorities that support students, teachers, and local school districts.

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The voting record of Representatives in the Lafayette Parish delegation on PPEL’s priority bills plus HB 786:

LAFAYETTE House Delegation Grade HB703 HB995 HB1232 SB636 HB786#
PPEL position y y n n n
Taylor F. Barras F District 48 n n y y
Stuart J. Bishop F District 43 n n y
Nancy Landry F District 31 n n* y y y
Terry C. Landry, Sr. B District 96 y y n n
Jack Montoucet D+ District 42 y n n y
Stephen J. Ortego D+ District 39 y n y
Vincent J. Pierre A District 44 y y n n n
Joel C. Robideaux F District 45 n n y

 

*  NOTE: Rep. Nancy Landry changed her vote from support in Committee to opposition in the House.

# NOTE: HB 786 came through Governmental Affairs committees, not Education committees.

 

Representative Vincent Pierre receives an “A” and Rep. Terry Landry receives a “B” for upholding legislative priorities that support students, teachers, and local school districts.

Representatives Taylor Barras, Stuart Bishop, Nancy Landry and Joel Robideaux receive a “F” for abandoning legislative priorities that support students, teachers, and local school districts and instead supporting corporate models, punitive assessments and decreased local control.

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Many lesson were learned from PPEL’s first engagement with the legislative session. Effective activism is challenging and the playing field is not level. Opponents of PPEL’s legislative priorities are well-funded and organized – but parents, educators and citizens put up a good fight and will use the lessons learned to become more effective.

Nothing can change without local activists willing to make a real commitment to policies that support students, teachers and local control of public schools.

Thank you to all who made a phone call, sent an email, or had a meeting with a legislator. We hope you were inspired to continue to speak out and express your opinion as a citizen. Ultimately, the citizen’s opinion about the legislators we elect is the opinion that matters.

Look for PPEL’s next Legislative Breakfast in 2015. Don’t miss it!  Stay engaged!

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