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    Urgent Action Needed Louisiana: Vote Wednesday on School Choice

     

    Urgent Action Needed in Louisiana

    Call Now for School Choice:

    On Wednesday, April 4th the Louisiana Senate will be voting on two education reform bills, H974 and H976.  But some of these Senators are still undecided. It is time we demand these Senators vote yes on HB974 to reform teacher tenure and HB976 to expand school choice. 

    The vote on the Senate floor Wednesday will be very close, as many of these Senators are committed to special interests over the needs of our children.

    According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NEAP), Louisiana ranks 49th in educational performance, with only 18% of students considered proficient in reading and math.

    These numbers are particularly troubling given that the state and local governments spend nearly $12,000 per student annually on a failed system. 

    Tell these Senators to put the needs of our children first, and to vote YES on HB974 and HB976. 

    Sen. Sharon Broome (D-Baton Rouge), lasen15@legis.la.gov, 225-359-9352

    Sen. Dale Erdey (R-Livingston), erdeyd@legis.la.gov, 225-686-2881

    Sen. Page Cortez (R-Lafayette), cortezp@legis.la.gov, 337-993-7430

    Sen. Fred Mills (R-Parks), millsf@legis.la.gov, 334-845-4240

    Sen. Ronnie Johns (R-Lake Charles), johnsr@legis.la.gov, 337-491-2016

    Sen. Blade Morrish (R-Jennings), morrishd@legis.la.gov, 337-824-3979

    Sen. Jonathan Perry (R-Kaplan), perryj@legis.la.gov, 337-740-6425

    Sen. John Smith (R-Leesville), smithj@legis.la.gov, 337-238-2709

    Sen. Bob Kostelka (R-Monroe), kostelka@legis.la.gov, 318-362-3474

    Sen. Rick Gallot (D-Ruston), gallotr@legis.la.gov, 318-251-5019

    Sen. Francis Thompson (D-Delhi), thompsof@legis.la.gov, 318-878-9408

    Sen. David Heitmeier (D-New Orleans), heitmeierd@legis.la.gov, 504-361-6356

    Sen. JP Morrell (D-New Orleans), morrelljp@legis.la.gov, 504-284-47974

    Sen. Sherri Smith Buffington (R-Keithville), smithbuffington@legis.la.gov, 318-687-4820

    2 comments
    Carol Fox
    04/04/2012

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    Glo Conlin
    04/05/2012

    There is more to Charter schools than meets the eyes. I
    Yesterday Senator Appel and John White mislead the Senate saying that charter schools are successful in New Orleans, and leaving out the RSD Schools that are failing badly. RSD and charter schools in Orleans parish according to the State School Grades there are 5 As, 11 Bs, totaling 16 successful schools, 6Cs, 12 Closed, 29 Ds, 31 Fs a total of 78 failed schools in Orleans Parish. The senators should have done their homework.

    Jefferson Community School gets $87,500 per student In Jefferson Parish Talk about a level playing field among real public schools and charter “public” schools.
    They are being funded for students who aren’t there, if they are using “capacity” as a parameter.(Come to think of it, why do they have only 8 students?)
    Coincidentally, this is BESE District 1 Jim Garvey’s charter school; he formerly served on the board. He is mentioned at the end of the article. http://www.nola.com/education/index.ssf/2011/11/jefferson_charter_school...

    Below is where some of the money that came from the Recovery Act and Race To the Top went.
    http://www2.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2010/05/05102010b.
    U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that an additional $191,265,519 is now available for Louisiana under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. To date, Louisiana has received $ 1,239,383,114 through the Recovery Act. The state recently reported that recovery dollars have been used to provide funding for more than 7,000 education jobs from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, 2009, while also supporting programs that drive education reform.

    “With this application, Louisiana provided us with basic information on what is working in their classrooms,” said Duncan. “This data is a critical tool in helping us work together—with students, parents, teachers, administrators, community leaders and elected officials at every level—to improve education for Louisiana’s students.”

    In addition to the more than $191 million announced today, the Recovery Act has provided $1,048,117,595 in funding through 11 different programs to the state of Louisiana.

    http://www.recovery.gov/Transparency/RecipientReportedData/Pages/Recipie...

    Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund $1,709,577.00 $297,999.00 $768,443.00 $327,900.00 $504,520. $1,555,073.

    Loyola $254,978.00 $71,683.00 $52,521.00 $379,182.00

    Choice Foundation http://choicefoundation.org/
    Lafayette Academy D+ Esperanza F

    $741,847.00 $80,021.00 $10,087.00 $185,457.00 $5,587.00
    $1,022,999.00

    Institute of Academic Excellence D Sophie B. Wright Inst.of Academic Excellence School $81,081.00 $36,254.00 $5,072.00 $122,407.00

    FirstLine Schools
    Arthur Ashe Charter School D-
    John Dibert Community School F
    S. J. Green Charter School D
    Langston Hughes Academy D+
    Clark Prep High School Closed $1,527,955.00

    New Schools for New Orleans
    $17,136,745.00

    Status: Active

    Annual Report Status: Not In Good Standing for failure to file
    Annual Report

    File Date: 4/11/2006

    Last Report Filed: 4/6/2010

    Type: Non-Profit Corporation

    Crescent City Schools http://crescentcityschools.org/
    $760,000.00

    LSU System $1,535,088.00

    So what are we getting for Jindal's charter schools, nothing!!!