Louisiana again has embarked on an arduous journey to reform K-12 education in the state, and as with every other attempt to reform education in Louisiana groups have taken sides on the issue. In particular is The Louisiana Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) that advocate parental choice, putting children first, quality and infinite opportunities. BAEO specifically support Louisiana’s Governor Bobby Jindal reform measures that increase the state run program to offer scholarship/voucher to public school students allowing entrance into private schools within the state.
The alliance’s view is significant because majority of most public schools students in Louisiana are African American and BAEO believes the Governor’s Reform measures -which was passed by state’s legislature – will move the state educational system forward. However, forward may only include a select few of the state’s thousands of students in failing schools. The group also believes the plan would increase retention and graduation rates. Every stakeholder in K-12 educational system desire excellent schools and well educated students but ultimately stakeholders (parents, educators, administrators, students) must consider reformations that guarantee every student’s success.
In an effort to address needs of every student in the system one must address the issue of mindset and paradigm shift. Allowing a select group of families to exit poor performing schools as addressed in state’s new law is an excellent idea, however, every family desire this option. So to allow each student an opportunity to move forward, and receive excellent choices one must consider change that will affect each student. Change involves a paradigm shift in planning, delivery, and acceptance of education that incorporate students, parents, and teachers. Stakeholders must embrace a reform of thinking, teaching, and expectations as found in K12C4.
K-12 Collaborative Four of (Mathematics, Technology, Business, and Learning) involves massive mindset changes that ultimately will enhance educational opportunities for every student in public school systems. The end game means every child must receive a good education, therefore, addressing thinking patterns of all stakeholders gives every child identical and substantive opportunities to succeed.