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BATON ROUGE- Marvin Stephens is hoping to make a good first impression with recruiters.

"I'm graduating on May 17 of next months and if figure it would be a good way to find a job when i graduate," he says.

He's one of dozens of graduating education majors searching for teaching jobs at a career fair on Southern University campus earlier today.

Despite recent budget cuts to many school systems, Casey Greggs still feels confident she'll find her dream job.

"I'm just excited to start my career," says Greggs.

Right now, a public school teaching career in Louisiana includes new accountability guidelines and salary standards.

Many teachers have repeatedly lashed out against Governor Jindal's plans for the state's school system. It's something these students are very well aware of.

"It's kinda crazy because my mom was one of the people fighting for the tenure, but um it don't discourage me," says Stephens.

However, they're not intimated by it.

"I'm just ready to get in. I'm not scared of it.," says Greegs. " Whatever the new evaluation systems that are in place, I've just done my research to make sure that I know how to be evaluated under those certain situations," she adds.

Southern administrators say enrollment in the College of Education is down, but they point out the decline is happening all over the university. Some feel it's due more to the tough economy instead of the state of the Louisiana school system.

"For the most part, our students have a love for Louisiana, a love for the children of Louisiana, and a good number of them want to remain in Louisiana," says Interim Dean of the College of Education Dr. Laura Young.

The average starting teaching salary $36,000 a year in Louisiana.


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