Education Policy Forum in Lafayette

Lafayette, LA

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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.

Superintendent Pat Cooper

BESE Board Member, Holly Boffy

LA PESC, United Way of Acadiana, Margaret Trahan

UL Lafayette, Dr. E. Joseph Savoie

State Senator, Page Cortez

School Board President, Shelton Cobb

Retired Teacher, Melinda Mangham,

Former BESE Member, Mary Washington

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. 

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.