Teacher's union says battle not over, even though vouchers are funded
BATON ROUGE- Thousands of kids will go to private schools next fall thanks to the approval of the state budget this week.
The Louisiana Association of Educators spoke out about how the state originally planned to pay for the program. Last year, the union filed a lawsuit against the program saying, using tax dollars that is suppose to be used in public school to send students to private schools was unconstitutional, a judge agreed.
LAE says, their battle with the legislature is over vouchers is done. Their effort will now focus on Governor Jindal' s changes to teacher tenure, salaries, and evaluations.
LAE President Joyce Haynes says, "We want to continue in that fashion with our legislatures to make a difference as to how we should be evaluated and how our children should be evaluated. Because one standardized test does not tell you everything about our teachers or about our children. And we want to continue what we started."
Nearly 8,000 students were approved for vouchers for the fall semester of 2013.