DEQUINCY, LA (KPLC) - Teachers across Southwest Louisiana rallied in front of the State Capitol against Governor Bobby Jindal's education reform plan, but in DeQuincy, La. teachers, parents and students demonstrated their opposition.
"I worked very hard for my job," Tanisha Clark, teacher at DeQuincy Primary school said of why she was protesting in from of the DeQuincy Elementary School. "My test scores prove that yet you're telling me that if one year my test scores don't produce that, that I won't get the pay that I deserve?"
Clark said she believes the way the education reform plan holds teachers accountable isn't fair. She's a teacher but also a parent who works with her child every night after school.
"It takes a village to raise a child. I think teachers and parents ought to be accountable for this job," Clark said.
One parent, Jordan Miller, said she was out protesting with the teachers because it's a plan that not only will affect the teachers, but also the students.
"These teachers love our kids, they support our kids. Good times and bad. And we're just here to show our support for our teachers," Miller said.
And teachers are just speaking out to get the public informed about the reform plan and maybe get the state government to take their thoughts on the plan into consideration.
"I take my job very seriously," Clark said. "I do believe that teachers are held accountable. I do not feel that the way I'm being held accountable is right."
To see reaction from students during the DeQuincy Elementary School rally, watch the attached video.