As New Star, from Gannett, also comments on Bobby Jindal, our illustrious state governor (sarcasm fully intended). He is pushing through the state congress two bills that will severely undermine the current state of our already failing education system. He is trying to place teachers’ tenure in jeopardy of getting cut aristocratically and, with loose wording, focuses on intimidation to achieve better standards; Jindal obviously has decided that teachers are to blame for the failing marks of our students and thus should be reprimanded.
Among other things, one of the focus points on the bill gives sweeping powers to allow the state government to fund scholarships to public education students who are doing poorly to attend private educational facilities. So instead of fixing a problem and bringing to the table a solution that will benefit not only teachers, administrators, and especially students, Jindal seems to fancy simply pulling those students out of a public system and placing them in a closed-private system with our tax money. Why can’t our tax money go to improving the education system? Or improving the environment for teachers so that they will be encouraged further?
Perhaps a closer view at the State Department of Education would yield answers? Many questions are brought to mind as to why these bills have even entered legislation; there are so many other issues that needs to be addressed like the bullying in schools. Whether they are LGBTQ kids being accosted for their orientation or masculinity or ethnicity, race, gender, gender identity, and so forth. Louisiana has done nothing to protect these children and secure their rights; perhaps a better environment for our children would lead to better marks in school as they feel more comfortable learning. .
In any case, these bills should not being going through the house at the alarming rate at which they are, in large part due to Governor Jindal. Moreover, the role of a state governor is to improve the welfare of the State’s infrastructure, not undermine it and send students to a more privatized segment of the government, and especially not to intimidate teachers to the point that they no longer want their jobs. That is not the way to deal with issues; it’s a flawed administration, overly so when the future of our children is concerned.