If you are unable to attend the House Education Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday, April 24th, we still NEED your help! Please contact the members of the House Committee on Education (below) to tell them these bills are harmful to Louisiana educators and students.
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Dear Members of the House Committee on Education,
Please oppose HB 478, HB 596, and HB 644.
HB 478, 596 and 644 are punitive with respect to public education, educators and students. These bills do NOT improve or support teachers in the classroom and will create a process that will intimidate and fire good teachers for non-valid reasons.
HB 478 attempts to eliminate a fair process for dismissal in Reduction-In-Force (RIF) situations. Under current law, seniority is only one of several criteria the school board may use to reduce in force. If passed, HB 478 would lay-off our most experienced teachers from the classroom, and reduce -- and most likely eliminate -- the increased knowledge base in our classrooms, thereby hurting students. This is not in the best interest of students or the educators who teach them. Using only performance-based RIFs hurts students, due to the fact that the model (VAM) used to determine the performance of a teacher is mathematically and statistically flawed. Basing a Reduction-In-Force (RIF) on performance in Louisiana is a flawed and misrepresented process and should not be allowed.
HB 596 attempts to give superintendents and principals sole discretion on employment decisions without school board approval and oversight and tighten regulations on public schools while deregulating the privately managed schools.
HB 644 attempts to create a compensation system that will cause disparity among teachers in regard to salaries, due to the fact that the compensation system proposed is based on the same mathematically and statistically flawed system of evaluation, being used in HB 478 for Reduction-In-Force (RIF) situations. The new compensation system proposes to base 50% of a teacher’s salary solely on performance, which is derived from the “value-added model” (VAM) data system; a model that has been proven to be an invalid and unreliable method in which to gauge a teacher’s effectiveness in the classroom.
Many reports over the past year have shown major flaws in the current “value-added” (VAM) system of teacher evaluation in Louisiana. To use this flawed system to lay-off a teacher or calculate a teacher’s compensation level is irresponsible.
Please oppose HB 478, HB 596 and HB 644 in the House Education Committee on Wednesday, April 24th.
See below for committee member telephone numbers and email addresses:
Representative Steve Carter (Chair):
firstname.lastname@example.org (225) 362-5305
Representative Patrick Jefferson (Vice Chair):
email@example.com (318) 927-2519
Representative Wesley Bishop:
firstname.lastname@example.org (504) 242-4198
Representative Christopher Broadwater:
email@example.com (985) 543-4900
Representative Henry Burns:
Representative Thomas Carmody:
Representative Simone Champagne:
Representative John Bel Edwards:
Representative Cameron Henry:
Representative Paul Hollis:
Representative Barry Ivey:
Representative Nancy Landry:
Representative Edward Price:
Representative Jerome Richard:
Representative Robert Shadoin:
Representative Patricia Haynes Smith:
Representative Jeff Thompson:
Representative Alfred Williams:
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