Several judges have now ruled that major portions of Act 1 are unconstituational and at least two judges have now ruled that the new dismissal proceedure violates due process in the dismissal of teachers.
That's why several of the bills to be considered by the House Education Committee this Wednesday, April 23 would represent a welcome improvement in the attempt to place an effective teacher in every classroom. All of the following bills would help to rescue the teaching profession in Louisiana and if properly implemented would continually improve the teaching force in our schools.
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HB 982 by Gaines would afford reasonable due process to permanent teachers in the case where discipline or dismissal is recommended. It provides a streamlined process for the removal of unsatisfactory teachers while affording reasonable due process to teachers who have earned their status as permanent teachers by demonstrating solid teaching performance.
HB 1129 by Thierry provides for the creation of various levels of professional status for teachers starting with novice teachers who have minimal employment rights but who get mentoring and guidance in their beginning year. The final stage of status for teachers would be the master teacher level which would be acquired only by demonstrating solid teaching performance over a 7 year period..
HB 1172 by Bishop prescribes a process for the attainment of due process rights for teachers.
HB 995 by Williams requires that the evaluation of teachers be based on multiple measures of student growth rather then on the error prone VAM system.
Please review each of the above bills. If you agree that they represent a major improvement in the evaluation and retention of good teachers, write one or more emails to members of the House Education Committee asking them to vote in favor of these bills. You may also telephone their offices and leave a message.
The following is the contact information for each of the House Education Committee members:
Stephen Carter 225-362-5305 firstname.lastname@example.org