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Jan 17, 2012
Strong Support for Governor Jindal’s Education Reform Plan

BATON ROUGE - Following the announcement of Governor Jindal’s education reform plan, businesses, education and good government organizations announced their support of the Governor's vision for providing a quality education to Louisiana students.

Eddie Rispone, chairman of the Louisiana Federation for Children, said, “We commend Governor Jindal’s multi-faceted education reform package, which includes empowering parents through expanded educational options across the state,” said Eddie Rispone, chairman of the Louisiana Federation for Children. “The governor’s bold plan to transform publicly-funded education in Louisiana will ensure every child has access to the quality education they deserve. We stand with Governor Jindal and legislative leaders in their push to significantly improve the futures of thousands of Louisiana children.”

Rayne Martin, Executive Director for Stand for Children, said, "Given my experience over the last few years in the education community and the many conversations that have taken place calling for such changes, I am excited to support the initiatives focused on increasing teacher and leader effectiveness within the Jindal plan.  We are thankful for all the hard work of the Jindal administration who have taken the time to incorporate input of various stake holders in the education community. These measures will transform Louisiana's K-12 education system to truly provide a high quality education to all children."

Louisiana State Director of the Black Alliance for Educational Options Eric Lewis said, "We applaud Governor Jindal for the bold measures being proposed and his commitment to fully engaging parents in Louisiana's education reform efforts. Seeing that the input of parents was used in crafting education agenda is very exciting for our organization."

LABI President Dan Juneau said, “For our efforts in reforming education to be successful, we must make sure that we seek out and reward good educators and schools and dramatically change what’s not working, instead of turning a blind eye to a system that’s failing many of our students. We have to give superintendents more of a role in addressing the concerns of parents in how their child is learning. We have to empower principals and school officials to make positive changes for their schools, instead of subjecting them to a system of red tape and bureaucracy that hinders change and, most importantly, we have to reward good teachers who are engaged with parents and providing our children with a quality education. These ideals put forward by the Governor are essential if we are to move our education system forward, and we fully support his efforts.”

Caroline Roemer, Executive Director for LA Association of Public Charter Schools said, "We support the Governor in his desire to reform education, and from what we heard today, we're excited to get moving. What the Governor made clear today is that the status quo in unacceptable – and we look forward to working with Administration in providing a better quality education for Louisiana’s children.”

Jimmy Maurin, Chairman of Blueprint Louisiana, said, "Access to a quality education is a fundamental right we must provide as leaders and as parents. We support the governor in his effort to put education reform, including early childhood education, at the forefront of his second term.  In fact, new research by economists at Harvard and Columbia universities highlights the lasting impact a good teacher can have on a student's life.  We should be willing to do everything we can to foster a positive learning environment in all of Louisiana's classrooms.  Our children, parents, teachers and administrators deserve nothing less."  

 

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