Shreveport Citizens call for a new conversation on education reform

On Wednesday (2 May 2012) at 4:30 PM, a group of concerned Shreveport citizens will gather in front of the Caddo Parish Courthouse to announce the formation of a new grassroots education reform group and to call for a new conversation about public education — Louisiana Education Action and Reform Network (LEARN).

The event will highlight the serious concerns many Louisiana citizens have with the newly passed education reform laws, which serve the interest of the wealthy and powerful and which will have a detrimental effect on the poorest of Louisiana’s children.

Participants to protest Governor Jindal’s Education Reforms, support for real education reforms that are research based, and call for the voices of parents, teachers, and community members to be heard in the conversation about public education.

Tamica Harley, a parent with children in Caddo schools said “It is easy to have a school that is performing well when there is 100 percent parent involvement, parents studying with their children when they come home and exposing their children to different experiences, but what about the children whose parents aren’t as active?  Punishing the teacher is not the answer nor is privatizing the public education system.  We must come together to fix the problems that ail our communities.”

Real reform for education in Caddo Parish should include support rather than criticism for teachers, classes sized to the needs of the students, and early childhood education for all of our children.  LEARN will work over the next few months to include more teachers and parents in coming up with solutions for real education reform and with strategies to advocate for their implementation.

“Teachers want schools to succeed as much as anyone else.  We want to work in successful schools.  Often the hardest schools to work in are those affected by poverty and the teachers in those schools are penalized under Governor Jindal’s Education Reform policies instead of aided,” said Liz Clayton, a Caddo teacher. “Teachers want real reform; we just don’t want our schools sold. We don’t want them given away. We want the schools with the highest needs to be helped and truly reformed.”

Louisiana Education Action and Reform Network (LEARN) is a newly formed grassroots organization of citizens concerned over current efforts to move education from the public to the private sphere. We want to bring parents, teachers, and community members together to support research based reforms that will strengthen public education and ensure a quality education for ALL Louisiana students.

For more information, contact Steve Caldwell by phone or email (stevecaldwell@bellsouth.net, 318.465.3398).

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3 responses to “Shreveport Citizens call for a new conversation on education reform

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