July Education Forums:
How Do We Educate All children?
As they say, “the devil is in the details” and the challenge is how to implement the Governor’s agenda for expanding charter schools and vouchers to private schools. Local school districts are decoding the legislation to determine the impact on teachers, school leaders, tenure, teacher evaluation and the financial impact of unfunded mandates and reductions in the school funding formula. Louisiana Progress supports efforts to improve quality public education and encourages all citizens to be informed and engaged in learning about the implications of education reform.
Louisiana Progress Co-Sponsors Forums in Lafayette, Shreveport and Monroe
Parents, teachers and policy makers want to better understand the implications of the new education reform laws. Make plans to attend a forum in your region.
All Forums: 5:30 to 7:30 pm
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Just passing legislation that promises reform was the easy part. What is needed now is a commitment to transparency in the rulemaking and implementation process. BESE has been given unprecedented authority to divert public sector resources (Minimum Foundation Program – local, state and federal tax money) to private schools, on-line schools, proprietary education providers and other nontraditional service providers.
All agree that the reform strategy will change the delivery options for education in Louisiana. Some are concerned that we will create a tiered system of winners and losers with charter schools and private schools diverting public sector resources with less transparency and accountability. Others are expectant that “competition” will improve public schools. Many in the business community support efforts to reinvent public education and the opportunities to be innovative in new public, charter and private schools.
Come hear from all perspectives about the implementation of education reform in your area.
The implementation of reform will create new opportunities to assess what is working, to foster collaboration and to invest in innovation in traditional schools, charter schools and in new partnerships with the private sector and community schools.
We ask for the commitment of the Governor, BESE and the State Superintendent to work effectively with local superintendents, schools districts, teachers and school leaders as well as parents and community leaders to implement these changes in education. We are committed to solutions that will actually improve the quality of life for all Louisiana families.
We encourage people to be informed and engaged in the local implementation of education reform.
For more information on Education Forums go to www.louisianaprogress.org