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Washington, DC- FreedomWorks and its network of 15,000 volunteer activists in the state of Louisiana launched a grassroots campaign this week to support Governor Bobby Jindal’s education reform package. The Governor’s bold reform plan includes vouchers for students in under-performing public schools, performance-based tenure, and tax credits for individuals and businesses to sponsor tuition for the schools that best meets a child’s educational needs.
According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), Louisiana spends almost $12,000 annually per student, but ranks 49th nationally in educational performance with only 18 percent of students scoring proficient on their reading and math tests.
“Louisiana families need this bold reform to shake up the educational establishment and take back control over their child’s educational future,” commented David Spielman, Campaigns Coordinator for FreedomWorks. “Governor Jindal has made this reform package his number one priority this year, and our activists have pledged to stand with him every step of the way.”
FreedomWorks will be working with a broad coalition of local activists, tea party groups, and educational reform groups to inform families on the specifics of the Governor’s bold educational reform package, and to expose the individuals in all levels of government blocking the path to progress.
Spielman added, “Sometimes you have to beat the Republicans before you can take on the Democrats and the unions, and in Louisiana it’s no different. We plan to target any individual in opposition to this reform package, regardless of political party.”
In the coming weeks, FreedomWorks will supply activists with voter education materials, targeted door hangers, yard signs, t-shirts, and bumper magnets. Local activists will be visiting district offices, phone banking, door-to-door neighborhood walking, as well as hosting strategy calls, education seminars and campaign meetings throughout the state.
To see the specifics of the educational reform package, click on the PDF below.
For more information on FreedomWorks grassroots strategy in Louisiana, please contact FreedomWorks Press Secretary Jackie Bodnar at firstname.lastname@example.org.