Posted: Mar 14, 2012 6:39 PM by Michael Shingleton
Updated: Mar 14, 2012 6:39 PM
BATON ROUGE - A sea of red flooded the steps of the State Capitol as hundreds of educators showed their stern opposition for parts of Governor Jindal's education reform plan.
As early as 7:00am, teacher and principals wearing red shirts from across the state took their places as they waited to testify in front of the House Education Committee.
But only a small portion of those educators were allowed inside.
"I am a tax paying citizen, and they're making a decision about the lives of the citizens that pay their salaries, and they should allow us in," Angela Reams Brown, a special education teacher for the past 28 years said.
Though they were few, supporters on the Governor's legislation quietly criticized the teachers for taking what they called, "a day off."
"For these teachers to call in sick and say a lie, and to set an example for their students to get out of their jobs just to come here and protest? That's highly unprofessional," Aaron Seal said.
Teachers fired back by saying they would gladly had held their protest on a Saturday if the Governor would have introduced this legislation then.
"We walk to make our voice heard. Everybody else can do it anywhere in the world, but when a teacher does it, it's bad news. We get the bad rap, and it's OK if you walk out of the plant or walk off the job... We're not taking away from the children. We're here to build for the children," Cheryl Fuselier, a Pre-K teacher said.
Many teachers News 2 spoke to said they plan to fight Governor Jindal's education reform plan as long as they have to.