Louisiana teachers want Bobby Jindal recalled

posted at 3:40 pm on March 27, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Louisiana teachers took the day off today to protest Gov. Bobby Jindal’s education reform plan, which would make changes to teacher tenure, restructure teacher compensation to reward performance and enable low-income students to use vouchers to leave underperforming schools to attend private or charter schools.

It was a cornily themed protest: Teachers declared it “the funeral for real education reform” and even toted along a mock coffin. Intimidating. They hoped for “real reform,” they wrote in a release, “but the policies proposed and the legislative process thus far is proving fatal.”

At least they’re out in the open about their flagrant disregard for the legislative process. Their proposed alternative to it? An election to recall the governor! Have they not seen what a catalyst for cross-country conservative activism Scott Walker has become? Eh, well, if they want to grow the conservative movement, I’m cool with that.

But the children. No, seriously, what about the children? This is the second time this month that Louisiana teachers have canceled class to attempt to, er, put the nail in the coffin of the legislative process. As The Heritage Foundation’s Lindsey Burke wrote about a mid-March protest:

When one-third of all students are below grade level, the last thing public school employees should be doing is using class time to lobby the state legislature to prevent much-needed reforms. But they are joining the education unions who are descending upon Baton Rouge and are in full force to maintain lifetime job security for teachers, a compensation system that fails to reflect teacher performance, and a lack of school choice options for children.

It’s a combination that has been failing Louisiana students for too long. Jindal is working to implement significant reforms that are in the best interests of children in the state—not the demands of the adults in the system—and for that, public school teachers are leaving the classroom this week to join hands with the unions.

Naturally, taxpayers will be footing the bill for the teachers’ lobbying, since the school districts are considering these “professional development” days.

This is the attitude of too many public school teachers today, yet Bill Maher still has the gall to criticize the Santorums’ decision to homeschool their children! Disappointing, but not surprising.

A quick caveat: When I write, “This is the attitude of too many public school teachers today,” I do not mean, “This is the attitude of all public school teachers today.” (Crazy that I have to clarify that, but so be it!) As a graduate of a public high school, I deeply appreciate the teachers who made a significant positive impact on my education. Similarly, as a relative and friend of several public school teachers, I am encouraged and inspired by teachers whose first concern as teachers is the education of their students.

Still, protests like these suggest that adults care more to preserve the system than to improve the quality of education children receive. They also smack of a certain elitism that assumes union leaders know better than individual teachers and teachers know better than parents how to raise and educate children. In fact, one Louisiana union leader has admitted as much:

According to Dr. Michael Walker Jones of the Louisiana Association of Educators, low-income parents “don’t have a clue” when it comes to making decisions about their children’s education. Last week, in an interview with the New Orleans Times-Picayune, he stated: “If I’m a parent in poverty, I have no clue because I’m trying to struggle and live day-to-day.”

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) was quick to respond to Jones, who leads the state’s largest education union:

“The union leader’s comments are just the type of top-down, arrogant, elitist mentality that has badly damaged our system of public education in this country. I believe that parents—regardless of their income or circumstances—know what’s best for their children. It’s ridiculous and insulting to say that parents can’t make decisions in the best interest of their children.”

I’m with Governor Jindal.

Update: Forgot to link to this article that mentioned teachers’ desire to recall the governor!


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Romney / Jindal

Inevitable.

BKennedy on March 27, 2012 at 3:43 PM

This may have locked up the VP slot for him.

GOPRanknFile on March 27, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Fire the lot of them and start over.

minnesoter on March 27, 2012 at 3:44 PM

How about Jindal/Scott Walker 2016??

Bitter Clinger on March 27, 2012 at 3:46 PM

LOL – Good luck with that, losers. Jindal is super-popular because he is doing a great job.

Here’s a TRUE REFORM for you – Jindal should FIRE all of these teachers – ban teacher unions and start fresh with teachers who want to teach. Unionized teachers are destroying America, one child at a time.

Pork-Chop on March 27, 2012 at 3:47 PM

The union made the mistake of confusing Jindal’s soft manners with meekness. Unlike Wisconsin, Jindal has a stable Republican majority in Louisiana, and the public education thugs are looking to a good beating. Hopefully, various anti-union measures will follow.

Archivarix on March 27, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Fire Dr. Jones.

22044 on March 27, 2012 at 3:47 PM

How about Jindal/Scott Walker 2016??

Bitter Clinger on March 27, 2012 at 3:46 PM

That would be SWEET!

gophergirl on March 27, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Love this. Make the nea spend money in ever more states trying to protect fat benefits packages, ludicrous tenure rules and automatic pay increases. Bleed them dry.

Lost in Jersey on March 27, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Teachers and their unions are more petulant and immature than the students they are supposed to be teaching. Don’t like a decision? Walkout. What a great example for our children. No wonder why test scores continue to drop.

Minnfidel on March 27, 2012 at 3:49 PM

What a battle. The very dumbest government employees in Louisiana vs. the very smartest government employee in Louisiana.

RBMN on March 27, 2012 at 3:49 PM

I’m surprised they didn’t declare the “War on Children!”…

Seven Percent Solution on March 27, 2012 at 3:50 PM

All public unions must be abolished.

Rebar on March 27, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Jindal should get with Walker on how to handle union thugs? Sure seems the R governors are up for this type of krap from union thugs during the coming year dealing with all unions?

Hang in there Jindal, we support you as all R governors standing up against union thugs!
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letget on March 27, 2012 at 3:50 PM

It takes a teachers union to stunt a child …

ShainS on March 27, 2012 at 3:50 PM

So civil!

Transpo on March 27, 2012 at 3:51 PM

looks like they are all wearing hoodies…

PatriotRider on March 27, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Jindal is a perfect ticket closer for any candidate, with intelligence and conservative cred to be envied. Interestingly, Jindal may help greatly in New Jersey, which has huge suburban Asian diaspora completely enamored with him. The only problem is that both Romney and Jindal are perceived as bores – is this the ticket to run against Mr. Teleprompter?

Archivarix on March 27, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Go ahead, make my day…..

dczombie on March 27, 2012 at 3:53 PM

BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! The guy won with 65% of the vote. There is effectively no Democratic party left in Louisana outside of New Orleans. Yet, let them try. Mitch Landrieu can get curbstomped and tell his sister what it feels like, so she’ll accurately know what’s coming in 2014.

Gingotts on March 27, 2012 at 3:53 PM

“Those who turn in the most recall petitions, will get extra credit.”

-Numerous Louisiana Teachers

portlandon on March 27, 2012 at 3:54 PM

As a Texas teacher, we always knew when we had a student come from Louisiana who had attended public school they would be behind our kids. Jindal is trying to fix that. You would think the teachers would be embarrassed by the reputation of their students in neighboring states. Obviously they aren’t. When refugees from Katrina came to our school, they were so far behind that the teachers had a hard time figuring out how to find the time to give them the individual attention they needed. Their behavior was another issue. For the first time we had 3rd graders threatening to beat up other kids and using profanity in class.

lukjuj on March 27, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Louisiana, Welcome to the Club!! Glad to see that your state is beginning to see the light. Good Luck!

WhoU4 on March 27, 2012 at 3:54 PM

So this is what Democracy looks like….
———————————————–DNC!

canopfor on March 27, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Now I know math isn’t exactly a key requirement of Education College but let’s just try a little something anyway.

Jindal – 65.8%
Hollis – 17.9%

Even a teacher to be who flunked Massachusetts’ Junior High level basic skills test should be able to comprehend the math of Jindal’s last election.

Or not…

MNHawk on March 27, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Excellent. More ways for the unions to have to split their reelection dollars!!!

WryTrvllr on March 27, 2012 at 3:56 PM

“If I’m a parent in poverty, I have no clue because I’m trying to struggle and live day-to-day.”

We liberals will assume responsibility for indoctrinating your children.

/

BuckeyeSam on March 27, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Abolish the department of education and public employee unions.

jawkneemusic on March 27, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Jindal is a perfect ticket closer for any candidate, with intelligence and conservative cred to be envied. Interestingly, Jindal may help greatly in New Jersey, which has huge suburban Asian diaspora completely enamored with him. The only problem is that both Romney and Jindal are perceived as bores – is this the ticket to run against Mr. Teleprompter?

Archivarix on March 27, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Can we just transplant a portion of Christie’s personality into Jindal? Not the whole shebang.

Bitter Clinger on March 27, 2012 at 3:58 PM

BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! The guy won with 65% of the vote. There is effectively no Democratic party left in Louisana outside of New Orleans. Yet, let them try. Mitch Landrieu can get curbstomped and tell his sister what it feels like, so she’ll accurately know what’s coming in 2014.

Gingotts on March 27, 2012 at 3:53 PM

That pretty much sums it up.

No Democrat worth a crap was willing to run against him last year because they’d get curbstomped between his appeal and his war chest.

The teachers and state employees are up in arms, but they don’t have the pull that they think they have.

teke184 on March 27, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Jindal must be doing something right if the teachers unions in La. are after him.

Go Bobby! Teach them a few lessons.

coldwarrior on March 27, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Louisiana Federation of Teachers
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Tell your senator to reject Jindal’s radical scheme!

The House of Representatives approved Gov. Jindal’s extreme agenda…
Now it’s up to the Senate!

Click here to send your senator a message!

In spite of thousands of e-mails, phone calls, and personal contacts, the House of Representatives approved two of Gov. Jindal’s radical plans to privatize public education and de-professionalize teaching.

These two bills, HB 974 and HB 976, are expected to be approved by the Jindal-controlled Senate Education Committee and sent to the full Senate for a vote as soon as the first week of April.
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LFT president responds to Jindal’s intimidation
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(Baton Rouge – March 21, 2012) Louisiana Federation of Teachers President Steve Monaghan responded with outrage to the Jindal administration’s efforts to intimidate lawmakers and teachers opposed to his radical education “reform” scheme.(More…)
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canopfor on March 27, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Louisiana teachers want Bobby Jindal recalled

And I want Obama recalled, but have just about as much chance seeing that to fruition as these bozos………..

SailorMark on March 27, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Remember when your teachers taught you cool and interesting stuff in school then went home to their families at night like everyone else?

Yeah …that was nice.

The Ugly American on March 27, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Their proposed alternative to it? An election to recall the governor!

How about instituting a recall procedure for teachers.

For any teacher, if 1/4 of current pupil’s parents sign a recall petition, it will trigger a termination election for the teacher. A simple majority will “recall” the teacher.

I think that might improve the quality of public education faster and more efficiently than anything else I’ve read about.

At the very least, maybe the teachers will spend more time in the classroom and less time out protesting.

MessesWithTexas on March 27, 2012 at 4:01 PM

A recall in WI makes more sense, from the leftist perspective because WI is a competitive state. LA is not. Any attempt to recall Jindal will fail utterly. They aren’t serious.

TheLastBrainLeft on March 27, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Can we just transplant a portion of Christie’s personality into Jindal? Not the whole shebang.

Bitter Clinger on March 27, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Can we get some of Jindal’s conservative principles into Christie instead? Not too much, or he won’t be able to coexist with our political swamp.

Archivarix on March 27, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Recall attempts are notoriously unsuccessful in Louisiana. The hill is much steeper here than elsewhere.

It isn’t the first time that this was attempted against Jindal.

Kermit on March 27, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Wow! The only thing teachers seem to be teaching is that if you don’t like something, walk out, refuse to do your job and protest. Next, it will be the students who say, “screw this, I don’t like that grade you gave me—I’m walking out and will protest!”

Oracleforhire on March 27, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Louisiana Federation of Teachers and School Employees(FaceBook)
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The artist formally known as Jindal
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http://www.thenewsstar.com/article/20120325/OPINION02/203250319

It is much more secure to be feared than to be loved. This was the advice handed down by Niccolo Machiavelli 500 years ago in ‘The Prince,’ subtitled and translated from Latin to mean ‘How to Tyrannize for Dummies.’ ‘The Prince’ describes the crafty, shrewd and unprincipled methods by which an indi…(More….)
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canopfor on March 27, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Jindal has a 77% approval rating. Good luck with that, teachers.

Of course, Palin had an 80% approval rating before she became the Republican VP nominee so there is a lot of poisoning the press can do to a politician.

crosspatch on March 27, 2012 at 4:08 PM

There are not 900,000+ signatures as required available in the state.

Kermit on March 27, 2012 at 4:08 PM

There are less than 50,000 teachers in the state, which does not get them even to 10% of what is required for a recall petition to succeed.

Kermit on March 27, 2012 at 4:10 PM

You know at one point I used to sympathize with teachers, after all they do have a big responsibility in educating our future generations. But, I am now seeing their work in progress and am in the least bit impressed. Is it time for the teachers and their unions to become the next flight control operators? The latter seemed to work out quite well.

DDay on March 27, 2012 at 4:11 PM

The first item for true education reform is to eliminate teachers unions.

Warner Todd Huston on March 27, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Coalition for Louisiana Public Education
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Bobby Jindal vs. Public Education
blogs.edweek.org

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/Bridging-Differences/2012/03/bobby_jindal_vs_public_educati.html

Deborah Meier and Diane Ravitch have found themselves at odds on policy over the years, but they share a passion for improving schools. Bridging Differences will offer their insights on what matters most in education.(More….)
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canopfor on March 27, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Jindal has a 77% approval rating. Good luck with that, teachers.

Of course, Palin had an 80% approval rating before she became the Republican VP nominee so there is a lot of poisoning the press can do to a politician.

crosspatch on March 27, 2012 at 4:08 PM

The armor-piercing question to any recall will be “Who will run against him?” And the follow-up question will be “Why didn’t they run against him last year?”

The state Dem party is in complete disarray and has been ever since New Orleans got depleted by Katrina. Now that the Orleans Parish political machine is in tatters, it’s very rare for ANY Dem to win state-wide office. Sen. Mary Landrieu and her little brother Mitch are two of the only ones to have done so since 2005.

teke184 on March 27, 2012 at 4:12 PM

DDay, please know that not all teachers are in union. Teachers can’t unionize in my state, though we have organizations that do lobby and are more liberal than I like.

lukjuj on March 27, 2012 at 4:13 PM

no surprise there…

mickytx on March 27, 2012 at 4:13 PM

The LibTard/ProgTard War on Republican/Conservative
Governors open a new Front!!!

canopfor on March 27, 2012 at 4:13 PM

The first item for true education reform is to eliminate teachers unions.

Warner Todd Huston on March 27, 2012 at 4:11 PM

+47 million

mankai on March 27, 2012 at 4:14 PM

When refugees from Katrina came to our school, they were so far behind that the teachers had a hard time figuring out how to find the time to give them the individual attention they needed. Their behavior was another issue…

lukjuj on March 27, 2012 at 3:54 PM

And their criminals were floored to learn we actually do use our jails.

DanMan on March 27, 2012 at 4:15 PM

For any teacher, if 1/4 of current pupil’s parents sign a recall petition, it will trigger a termination election for the teacher. A simple majority will “recall” the teacher.

I think that might improve the quality of public education faster and more efficiently than anything else I’ve read about.

MessesWithTexas on March 27, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Sure, and it will probably be the parents of the 1/4 who screw around in class, mouth off to their teachers, won’t study and won’t do their homework…brilliant!

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I’ve read about Jindal’s proposals and they sounded reasonable and he didn’t come across as being as antagonistic as maybe Walker did. But I still wonder how Jeb Bush was involved with this in Louisiana? He was a big proponent of NCLB which was a huge bipartisan unfunded Federal mandate from the beginning. The only thing Jeb did for education in Florida was to bring down the grading scale to a 10 point scale.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 27, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Governor Jindal: “I’ll be docking every teacher who participated in the rally exactly one day’s pay, you want to protest then do it on your own time.”

Bishop on March 27, 2012 at 4:17 PM

O/T,another JetBlue MeltDown!!
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Passengers say JetBlue pilot screamed threats aboard plane, was pinned to the floor by passengers

Submitted 56 mins ago from amarillo.com
http://www.breakingnews.com/
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(Video-Passengers Account of..)

http://amarillo.com/news/latest-news/2012-03-27/jet-blue-captains-medical-condition-forces-emergency-landing

canopfor on March 27, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Governor Jindal: “I’ll be docking every teacher who participated in the rally exactly one day’s pay, you want to protest then do it on your own time.”

Bishop on March 27, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Bishop:Pure Common Sense!:)

canopfor on March 27, 2012 at 4:18 PM

“If I’m a parent in poverty, I have no clue because I’m trying to struggle and live day-to-day.”

Interesting – when people point out that the teachers in that region are failing at their jobs and the students are coming out with skills that are far below grade level, it’s the parent’s fault.

When parents say they are unhappy with what the teachers are doing, suddenly the teachers know best and those ignorant parents should stay out of the way and not meddle.

JadeNYU on March 27, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Piyush is fearless!!!! We love him here but would grudgingly go along with the Romney/Jindal ticket …

BatonRogue on March 27, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Need to ReCall the F..#$%^&*()_+)(*&^%$#$%^&*()_+*(&^%
Teachers/Union!
(sarc)

canopfor on March 27, 2012 at 4:22 PM

I like it a lot. Great PR for the public education unions. They need to keep this out in front of the public day after day and let the average parent chew on the motivation driving it.

a capella on March 27, 2012 at 4:24 PM

O/T…Re:JetBlue,
UpDatey…Oops,Security OverLoad!
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JetBlue passenger says many passengers on flight were going to security convention in Las Vegas

Submitted 5 mins ago from amarillo.com
http://www.breakingnews.com/
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canopfor on March 27, 2012 at 4:25 PM

All public unions must be abolished.

Rebar on March 27, 2012 at 3:50 PM

That wouldn’t make any difference. They’d just move all their resources over to lobbying…in fact, it would be to their advantage as they wouldn’t have to pay out for various regional full time executives, organizing, conventions and the like.

This would be similar to what the military has been doing since they can’t unionize. They have professional organizations that lobby for the interests of reservists/guardsmen and retirees as well as greater pay and benefits for active duty personnel.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 27, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Now I know math isn’t exactly a key requirement of Education College but let’s just try a little something anyway.

Jindal – 65.8%
Hollis – 17.9%

Even a teacher to be who flunked Massachusetts’ Junior High level basic skills test should be able to comprehend the math of Jindal’s last election.

Or not…

MNHawk on March 27, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Jindal also won every parish including Orleans Parish. I’d imagine even the majority of teachers voted for Jindal.

midgeorgian on March 27, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 27, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Mandatory union dues are their life blood.

FlaMurph on March 27, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 27, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Mandatory union dues are their life blood.

FlaMurph on March 27, 2012 at 4:31 PM

In many places, but not in various right to work states. Be that as it may, they’d get the money from someone or another (Soros types?).

But, no, the union bosses certainly don’t like the prospect of losing those mandatory dues. They want to feather their own nests and are panicking at the thought of taking a pay cut or losing their “jobs”.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 27, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Bust all public unions. Air traffic control does not appear to miss the union.

Grunt on March 27, 2012 at 4:40 PM

It will be easy to write Adolf Hitler & Mickey Mouse on enough petitions to start the recall.

Conservative4Ever on March 27, 2012 at 4:41 PM

… enable low-income students to use vouchers to leave underperforming schools to attend private or charter schools.

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Who the heck pays for these vouchers? Where do they get the money and is it a voucher every year or one per student, lifetime amount? I have never had these questions answered. Where does the money for vouchers come from?
.
Hey, teachers! More MATH, less PC social justice crap, please (or dammit, whichever you prefer).

ExpressoBold on March 27, 2012 at 4:41 PM

I will say this one last time.

There are less than 50,000 teachers in Louisiana.

Over 900,000 VERIFIABLE signatures will be required to have a recall election.

In the 2011 Governor race there were 1,033,163 total votes cast.

Jindal has $ millions warchest for state races. Dems have no viable statewide candidate, not a single one. They are also broke.

Anyone think that Jindal is worried?

Kermit on March 27, 2012 at 4:41 PM

BTW, the majority of DEMOCRAT house members from New Orleans voted FOR the first two bills. The reforms are proven to work there.

Kermit on March 27, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Union recall = badge of honor.

PattyJ on March 27, 2012 at 4:47 PM

How about Jindal/Scott Walker 2016??

Bitter Clinger on March 27, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Brilliant and competent as he is, Jindal will never be president. He’s just too unimpressive in person. Imagine him shaking hands with little Bammie before a debate. Not going to happen.

slickwillie2001 on March 27, 2012 at 4:48 PM

LOL – Good luck with that, losers. Jindal is super-popular because he is doing a great job.

Here’s a TRUE REFORM for you – Jindal should FIRE all of these teachers – ban teacher unions and start fresh with teachers who want to teach. Unionized teachers are destroying America, one child at a time.

Pork-Chop on March 27, 2012 at 3:47 PM

The union made the mistake of confusing Jindal’s soft manners with meekness. Unlike Wisconsin, Jindal has a stable Republican majority in Louisiana, and the public education thugs are looking to a good beating. Hopefully, various anti-union measures will follow.

Archivarix on March 27, 2012 at 3:47 PM

…2 Ditto’s in a row! Nothing wrong with teachers-their leaders are dunces.

KOOLAID2 on March 27, 2012 at 4:51 PM

I am a conservative republican. I am as appalled at the tactics used by Governor Jindal and the legislature (yes, republican controlled) as many of us were at the tactics used to push Obamacare on the American people. Two of Jindal’s major reform bills were voted on between 11 p.m. and 1:45 a.m. For those on the outside looking in, Governor Jindal has virtually destroyed the public schools in this state by freezing state aid while demanding that districts pay more and more for retirement and health benefits. In Louisiana, school districts currently pay the state back 24.5% of every teacher’s salary (higher % for support staff) for retirement. Districts are mandated to pay 75% of employee health care premiums. This has caused most districts to be on the brink of insolvency.
There is no teacher’s union in Louisiana as in other states. They have no power and no voice. Charter schools will be able to hire fully uncertified staff – just a bachelor’s degree. Private schools taking voucher students will not be held accountable for the funds nor for the performance of their students. Look on our state website to see how terribly charter schools have performed in comparison to traditional schools.
Yes, Louisiana is on the bottom of whatever test score scale used. But it also at the TOP in poverty rates.
I am for reform; this is not the way.
Those of you who want Jindal this year – take him please!

seabuzz on March 27, 2012 at 4:52 PM

I’d be a bit more jazzed to vote for Romney with a Jindal on the ticket. Sure.

Where you at Mittbotts? I need one of your Fun Packets that teaches converts how to argue like a tool and disenfranchise people who’d otherwise be on your side.

Heh heh…Oh c’mon, where’s that sense of humor your Mittbotts are so NOT famous for?

shannon76 on March 27, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Look on our state website to see how terribly charter schools have performed in comparison to traditional schools.

Not all charter schools in LA are the same.

Charter schools in New Orleans have performed wonderfully, as they were a true educational alternative to the horrid Orleans Parish system.

Charter schools in BR have been an utter failure because they’re effectively reform schools taking all the kids kicked out of other schools, such as the little b*stard who shot and wounded my uncle a few years back.

teke184 on March 27, 2012 at 4:57 PM

This looks like a feeble attempt by a bunch of clueless public employees…

Khun Joe on March 27, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Uhh…this is Looooseanna and Jindal…

Do these jokers seriously think they have a chance to take him out?

CorporatePiggy on March 27, 2012 at 4:59 PM

lukjuj on March 27, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Yes, what you said is very true. After Katrina, it was painfully obvious that those displaced students were way, way behind our students. And they were ill mannered with no discipline. They loved to block the hallway where other students had to go through a gauntlet just to get to class. That was a tough year.

I only live about an hour west of the Louisiana border, and I don’t want to insult those of you from my neighboring state. But many people from there have said to me that they choose private education over the public schools.

Louisiana needs educational reform, and those tenured public teachers give all the rest of us a bad name.

Go Jindal.

jazzuscounty on March 27, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Dems are growing ever more afraid of Bobby Jindal, Marco Rubio, and Scott Walker.

Lawdawg86 on March 27, 2012 at 5:04 PM

The first item for true education reform is to eliminate teachers unions.

Warner Todd Huston on March 27, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Don’t paint all teachers that way. As some stated previously, many states don’t have teacher unions in control.

jazzuscounty on March 27, 2012 at 5:09 PM

I am a conservative republican. [...] blah blah blah
Those of you who want Jindal this year – take him please!

seabuzz on March 27, 2012 at 4:52 PM

.
I, for one, am happy that you announced that because, otherwise, I would not have known. Thanks for sharing. Are you, maybe more than not, RINO?

ExpressoBold on March 27, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Unions = Bullies

wren on March 27, 2012 at 5:13 PM

For the children™? Don’t make me laugh.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkRIbUT6u7Q

ss396 on March 27, 2012 at 5:14 PM

I am a conservative republican. I am as appalled at the tactics used by Governor Jindal and the legislature (yes, republican controlled) as many of us were at the tactics used to push Obamacare on the American people. Two of Jindal’s major reform bills were voted on between 11 p.m. and 1:45 a.m. For those on the outside looking in, Governor Jindal has virtually destroyed the public schools in this state by freezing state aid while demanding that districts pay more and more for retirement and health benefits. In Louisiana, school districts currently pay the state back 24.5% of every teacher’s salary (higher % for support staff) for retirement. Districts are mandated to pay 75% of employee health care premiums. This has caused most districts to be on the brink of insolvency.
There is no teacher’s union in Louisiana as in other states. They have no power and no voice. Charter schools will be able to hire fully uncertified staff – just a bachelor’s degree. Private schools taking voucher students will not be held accountable for the funds nor for the performance of their students. Look on our state website to see how terribly charter schools have performed in comparison to traditional schools.
Yes, Louisiana is on the bottom of whatever test score scale used. But it also at the TOP in poverty rates.
I am for reform; this is not the way.
Those of you who want Jindal this year – take him please!

seabuzz on March 27, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Correction you are a liberal Democrat posing as an “appalled conservative Republican.” I bet you are a teacher also. A union steward to boot.

Conservative4Ever on March 27, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Conservative4Ever on March 27, 2012 at 5:17 PM

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You have no patience for teasing the truth out, bit by bit, as if coaxing the kitty-kat to the food, as if hearing the protestations of innocence and then mild guilt followed by anger and then anguish as the outing occurs, little by little, tortured, as it were, by small cuts rather than large gashes, do you?
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For you it’s just nail HAMMER, nail HAMMER, nail HAMMER, isn’t it?

ExpressoBold on March 27, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Anyone think that Jindal is worried?

Kermit on March 27, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Jindal’s biggest ace in the hole is simple. All he has to do is wave around countles rankings, all of which show that the public school kids in his State are among the most poorly educated kids in the USA. Louisiana regularly ranks in the bottom 5 states, both for elementary schools and for higher grades.

Del Dolemonte on March 27, 2012 at 5:26 PM

seabuzz on March 27, 2012 at 4:52 PM

A Louisiana public teacher’s union member chips in.

Congratulations on keeping your Sleeper Cell silent until the “correct time”.

lol

Del Dolemonte on March 27, 2012 at 5:28 PM

seabuzz on March 27, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Correction you are a liberal Democrat posing as an “appalled conservative Republican.” I bet you are a teacher also. A union steward to boot.

Conservative4Ever on March 27, 2012 at 5:17 PM

lol, I see I’m not the only one who wasn’t fooled. Reminds me of when Sylvester the cat dresses up in a dog uniform and tries to sneak into the dog pound to get Tweety.

All of the dogs look at him for 1/00th of a second, and then all shake their heads “Nope!” in unison, before beating the KeninCT out of him.

Del Dolemonte on March 27, 2012 at 5:30 PM

The only problem is that both Romney and Jindal are perceived as bores – is this the ticket to run against Mr. Teleprompter?

Regardless of candidate, we should all be making the case that a candidate’s leadership, qualifications, and ideas are what matters for the job. Rather than falling back to a position of assigning adjectives of how exciting or not a candidate is we should be making the case that voting for a candidate that was “exciting” without looking at anything else hasn’t proven healthy at all for the Republic.

ptcamn on March 27, 2012 at 5:32 PM

tactics used to push Obamacare on the American people. Two of Jindal’s major reform bills were voted on between 11 p.m. and 1:45 a.m.

seabuzz on March 27, 2012 at 4:52 PM

No doubt, but apparently it’s OK if you agree with the legislation.

For those on the outside looking in, Governor Jindal has virtually destroyed the public schools in this state by freezing state aid while demanding that districts pay more and more for retirement and health benefits

What else are they supposed to do? You know raising taxes is something that the GOP isn’t going to do, and they’re strapped for money. Now maybe if Obama didn’t work against Gulf oil drilling, Louisiana would be in a better situation.

Charter schools will be able to hire fully uncertified staff – just a bachelor’s degree. Private schools taking voucher students will not be held accountable for the funds nor for the performance of their students. Look on our state website to see how terribly charter schools have performed in comparison to traditional schools.

But what if the uncertified teachers are performing on the same level as the certified ones? Face it, if Charter School X gets a bunch of kids who can actually read and behave, a monkey could teach them. But certainly a knowledgeable, motivated teacher could get more out of them. We have lots of kids who are bright, but this mantra of “Well, they’ll learn enough anyway” hasn’t really been working for us lately compared to other societies who we’re competing against.

Private schools are businesses. They’ll market and manipulate data every bit as good as the Libtards do in politics in order to keep the tuition coming in.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 27, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Regardless of candidate, we should all be making the case that a candidate’s leadership, qualifications, and ideas are what matters for the job. Rather than falling back to a position of assigning adjectives of how exciting or not a candidate is we should be making the case that voting for a candidate that was “exciting” without looking at anything else hasn’t proven healthy at all for the Republic.

ptcamn on March 27, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Ditto. No more rockstar presidents please.

NapaConservative on March 27, 2012 at 5:36 PM

“Charter schools will be able to hire fully uncertified staff – just a bachelor’s degree. Private schools taking voucher students will not be held accountable for the funds nor for the performance of their students. Look on our state website to see how terribly charter schools have performed in comparison to traditional schools.
Yes, Louisiana is on the bottom of whatever test score scale used. But it also at the TOP in poverty rates.
I am for reform; this is not the way.”

seabuzz on March 27, 2012 at 4:52 PM

First and foremost as long as we continue to destroy poor families with multigenerational welfare and food stamps etc we will never fix the education problem.

The above in quotes is ridiculous. I live in LA. and my wife taught in public schools for years. We have certified teachers now and we suck at educating our kids. There is NO NO NO accountability now as I know teachers that never get out of their desks.

Are mothers and fathers that home school “certified” because they are kicking our public schools ass? Give me an nontenured, uncertified teacher that wants to teach kids anyday.

How can you say there will be no accountability in a free market school system where parents that actually care can send their children to schools that perform instead of being locked on the plantation and forced to attend schools that are just terrible? Give the parents the voucher to send kids to private schools and watch new schools crop up all over.

This is about one thing:

PROTECTING THE STATUS QUO!

There are 2 types of teachers in failing public schools in LA, the ones that do not care to teach and want to collect a check and be left alone, and the teachers that are trying to get the hell out to teach in suburban, magnet and charter schools.

I believe it costs 10,000 per year/student for the crappy public system in LA. That money would buy avery fine education in a private school where they don’t tolerate crappy instructors and there are not 10 bureaucrats between the money and the classroom.

Wouldn’t be a shame if they all got canned? Wouldn’t be a shame if every kid got the money we are wasting on public education to go to a private school of their choice?

Just another reason to despise liberalism. Throw the kids under he bus to protect the status quo.

jdsbengaltiger on March 27, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Conservative4Ever on March 27, 2012 at 5:17 PM

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You have no patience for teasing the truth out, bit by bit, as if coaxing the kitty-kat to the food, as if hearing the protestations of innocence and then mild guilt followed by anger and then anguish as the outing occurs, little by little, tortured, as it were, by small cuts rather than large gashes, do you?
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For you it’s just nail HAMMER, nail HAMMER, nail HAMMER, isn’t it?

ExpressoBold on March 27, 2012 at 5:25 PM

I’m too old to be patient on posers. Teacher plants are the worse and needed to be outed immediately before someone gets hurt.

Conservative4Ever on March 27, 2012 at 5:44 PM

“For those on the outside looking in, Governor Jindal has virtually destroyed the public schools in this state by freezing state aid while demanding that districts pay more and more for retirement and health benefits”

Yes we were doing so well before Jindal!

jdsbengaltiger on March 27, 2012 at 5:45 PM

So this is what Democracy looks like….
———————————————–DNC!

canopfor on March 27, 2012 at 3:54 PM

hehe. That a bout sums it up. (:

SparkPlug on March 27, 2012 at 5:48 PM

I believe it costs 10,000 per year/student for the crappy public system in LA. That money would buy avery fine education in a private school where they don’t tolerate crappy instructors and there are not 10 bureaucrats between the money and the classroom.

The down side to this argument is that, as of now, there’s not enough capacity to handle all the students who would be looking to jump ship from D and F systems like East Baton Rouge Parish.

Unless the charter schools open up PDQ or private schools start a crash program to expand, vouchers won’t completely fix the problem.

teke184 on March 27, 2012 at 5:50 PM

The down side to this argument is that, as of now, there’s not enough capacity to handle all the students who would be looking to jump ship from D and F systems like East Baton Rouge Parish.

Unless the charter schools open up PDQ or private schools start a crash program to expand, vouchers won’t completely fix the problem.

teke184 on March 27, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Free market supply and demand. The schools aren’t there now because people don’t have the money to go to them – i.e. no demand because of the public school monopoly. Open up the voucher system and suddenly the demand will be there – and new schools will pop up over night – and they will likely hire the good teachers away from the lousy public schools.

dentarthurdent on March 27, 2012 at 6:10 PM

I’ve said this many times, but recalls should not be allowed. No turning over of legal elections should be allowed.

In TX the teachers are protesting, and they hate Perry, but they can’t do a darn thing about him except whine. Heh.

juliesa on March 27, 2012 at 6:11 PM

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