Recall petitions ordered for Jindal, Kleckley

Published: Mar. 26, 2012 at 10:27 PM CDT|Updated: May. 2, 2012 at 12:05 PM CDT
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CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) - Governor Bobby Jindal's education reform has already received approval from the house. But teachers across the state are even further from approving the plan and Governor Jindal than before.

Several teachers will be traveling to Baton Rouge Tuesday to protest the approval of Jindal's education reform as it makes its way into the Senate Committee of Education.

These teachers will be bringing along written support as well, in the form of petitions, petitions that would recall both Governor Jindal and house speaker Chuck Kleckley.

"Listen to us," said teacher Angie Bonvillian. "Because they wouldn't listen to us, then we decided we had to get their attention some way."

Recall petitions. That was the method chosen by a group of local teachers to get the attention of Louisiana lawmakers regarding education reform.  The petitions are to recall the governor and speaker Kleckley.

"We want reform," said Bonvillian. "We as educators…we love this. This is our livelihood. This is our passion. We just want it done the right way."

Teachers across the state have opposed Jindal's reform for many reasons. But for Andrea McFarlain, her issue is not tenure.

"I'm not opposed to the changes with tenure," said McFarlain. "I realize there are teachers that need to be fired or need to be reprimanded in some way. That's not my problem."

Mcfarlain's main problem lies in the accountability system lined out in the bills, and she's not the only one.

"I think that they've put a lot of accountability on the teachers," said teacher Anne Reeves. "I feel like a lot of the focus should be on the student as well as the parent. A lot of that begins and continues in the home."

These teachers and many more are traveling to Baton Rouge tomorrow to protest the reform plan. Speaker Kleckley has agreed to meet with several of them in hopes of answering questions.

"...and listen to their concerns see if we can't address them in a matter that may satisfy them," said Kleckley.

Kleckley wants the teachers to voice their issues with the bills.

"Some of them I believe we have addressed," said Kleckley. "There are some things that I think that can be addressed. We can discuss that."

Kleckley voted in favor of the reform last week. He feels it's what the state needs.

"I think education reform is an important part of what we need to do here in the state of Louisiana," said Kleckley.

Monday's meeting that was supposed to be held at Lake Charles Boston Academy has been postponed for now.

The teachers were told Monday morning they would not be able to use that venue to hold the meeting.

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