Regardless of the outcome of the federal “Race to the Top” process, those interested in improvement of Louisiana’s elementary and secondary education system need to come together to support legislation that has a proven track record of producing this outcome.
HB 1033 by state Rep. Frank Hoffman would require annual evaluations of all teachers, with half of it determined by student progress in the classroom. Naturally, the educational establishment and teachers unions look warily upon this legislation as they tend to emphasize first the provision and protection of jobs and then only concern themselves with educational rigor to benefit students.
Nonetheless, they have not come out in full opposition of the bill which has elements of reforms done in
As much progress as the bill would produce, three changes would make it even better, following the model from
Second, state higher education must be made to adapt to the demands of higher expectations of teacher knowledge. In
Third, much of the progress in
While better than standing pat, HB 1033, which incorporates some of the ideas behind the Race to the Top for which