Teachers union offers competing education revamp
BATON ROUGE, La. - One of the most vocal critics of Gov. Bobby Jindal's education proposals, the Louisiana Association of Educators, is suggesting competing plans to improve teacher quality and boost performance at failing schools, saying that Jindal's ideas are on the wrong track.
The LAE offered its counter-proposal Friday, hoping to peel away support for Jindal's ideas to revamp teacher tenure and expand charter school and voucher programs.
The teacher and school employee union wants to rewrite the evaluation system for teachers by removing a requirement that half the evaluation be tied to growth in student test scores. Instead, the LAE wants evaluations that center on a peer review process.
The union wants a $500 tax credit for teachers, for purchasing classroom supplies, and more funding for public schools and preschool programs.