LAE

Sue Lincoln

He may have been sworn in three weeks ago, but Governor John Bel Edwards remains on the campaign trail.

“Despite everything that we’ve heard from the ‘education reform governor’, he left office and our educational achievement levels were 49th,” Edwards said Tuesday evening.

Thus far this week, he has spoken to the Republican Legislative Caucus, Board of Regents stakeholders, and the American Sugar Cane League. Today he’s set to address the Louisiana Hospital Association and the construction trades convention. Edwards is pushing his plan for solving the state budget crisis, now seeking votes from lawmakers.

Although they didn’t actually “hold hands and sing Kumbayah”, there was a brief moment of peace and accord between the Jindal administration and teachers unions last week. After more than two years of name-calling, angst and lawsuits, they found common ground around a bill to modify the process for terminating tenured teachers who receive “ineffective” ratings.

LAE President Debbie Meaux (right) standing with her predecessor Joyce Haynes at a rally.
Louisiana Association of Educators

Many teachers are frustrated with the new evaluation system, Compass, which was introduced in public schools across the state this year.

"What we want is a more common-sense approach to this evaluation problem," said Debbie Meaux, new president of the Louisiana Association of Educators (LAE), who assumed the role July 15.

She's calling for the state to slow the timeline for the implementation of Compass.