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Petitioning Louisiana Legislature and 20 others

Louisiana Legislature: Stop High Stakes Testing and Privatization

Public education is the cornerstone of this country. This nation's well-being relies on a high-quality public education system that prepares all students for college, careers, citizenship and lifelong learning, and strengthens the nation's social and economic well-being. The move to privatize our educational system removes funding from our public schools and sends it to private schools. High stakes testing only serves to enrich the testing companies and puts undue stress on students and teachers. Both of these have caused a narrowing of the curriculum, teaching to the test, reducing love of learning, pushing students out of school, driving excellent teachers out of the profession, and undermining school climate. The St. Bernard Retired Teachers Association calls on the governor, state legislature and state education boards and administrators to reexamine public school accountability systems in this state and the removal of funding through vouchers that undermine our public schools. We ask that with teacher input to develop a system based on multiple forms of assessment which does not require extensive standardized testing, more accurately reflects the broad range of student learning, and which is used to support students and improve public schools. We also ask that the slow removal of public dollars to private business through a voucher system be stopped immediately before it does more damage to our public schools.

Letter to
Louisiana Legislature
State Representative Patrick Williams
State Representative Barbara Norton
and 18 others
State Representative Thomas Carmody
State Representative Lance Harris
State Representative James Morris
State Representative Kenny Cox
State Representative Raymond Garofalo
State Representative Alan Seabaugh
State Representative Henry Burns
State Representative Patrick Connick
State Representative Nicholas Lorusso
State Representative Roy Burrell
State Representative Patrick Jefferson
State Representative Charles Kleckley
State Representative Christopher Leopold
State Representative Jeff Thompson
State Representative Gene Reynolds
State Representative Richard Burford
State Representative Bryan Adams
Louisiana State House
Stop High Stakes Testing and Privatization

Public education is the cornerstone of this country. This nation's well-being relies on a high-quality public education system that prepares all students for college, careers, citizenship and lifelong learning, and strengthens the nation's social and economic well-being.

The move to privatize our educational system removes funding from our public schools and sends it to private schools. High stakes testing only serves to enrich the testing companies and puts undue stress on students and teachers. Both of these are have caused a narrowing of the curriculum, teaching to the test, reducing love of learning, pushing students out of school, driving excellent teachers out of the profession, and undermining school climate.

The St. Bernard Retired Teachers Association calls on the governor, state legislature and state education boards and administrators to reexamine public school accountability systems in this state and the removal of funding through vouchers that undermine our public schools. We ask that with teacher input to develop a system based on multiple forms of assessment which does not require extensive standardized testing, more accurately reflects the broad range of student learning, and which is used to support students and improve public schools. We also ask that the slow removal of public dollars to private business through a voucher system be stopped immediately before it does more damage to our public schools.