Education reform continues to be a hot topic

Education reform still hot topic

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Educators are coming to terms with the impact the education reform will have.

"I don't think it's going to have a huge impact on Calcasieu, but throughout the state it is," President of the Calcasieu Federation of Teachers Jean Johnson said.

Johnson said the Calcasieu Parish school system is strong and won't be greatly impacted by the reform, but the rest of the state should be concerned.

"I really feel like we will be hurt by vouchers, but I feel like a lot of people have a misconception about vouchers," Johnson said. "Not just anyone can get a voucher and go to a private school. You have to qualify for it and right now I don't think that there's a lot of information out there that is needed."

Along with the voucher bill, the tenure bill proves to be equally as controversial. According to Johnson, she said the way the tenure bill is being handled isn't fair to all the educators that have been teaching for years.

"We feel that tenure was misrepresented as a way to get rid of bad teachers and the laws that are in place could certainly do that," she said.

But she said teachers aren't against reform, in fact some reform is needed, but the way that it's being done isn't fair.

"Right now it's not perfected. You really don't know exactly what reforms to take in place and it's changed, so we have to really wait until the session's over until everything is implemented and we know exactly what it entails," Johnson said.

But not it's just a waiting period and she said just going to keep an eye on what happened and hope for the best.

The Calcasieu Parish School Board meeting on Tuesday, April 17 announced at the next committee meeting a discussion on the details of the tenure and voucher bills will take place.

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