Publisher: Teacher unions abandon kids to lobby; Rep. Pat Smith is a 'thief'
Business Report Publisher Rolfe McCollister received an email sent by a union representative to all Vermilion Parish teachers and staff informing them of their school board's decision to approve a "professional development day" on Thursday. "The only thing these teachers will be developing, however, is travel plans to the State Capitol so they can tell legislators just how much they oppose Gov. Bobby Jindal's education reform plans," McCollister writes in a special, online-only column. The St. Martin Parish School Board has also voted to shut down schools for a day in the name of "professional development." McCollister says these union-pushed decisions will shut down schools, inconvenience parents and, worst of all, leave kids at home when they should be preparing for the important LEAP and GEE tests that start next week. "This proves, yet again, that the unions are more concerned with protecting adult jobs than protecting our children's future. This makes me sad and very angry," McCollister writes. You can read the memo here. McCollister also responds to criticism of Jindal from Rep. Pat Smith, who says of the governor's reform plans: "Under the sham of reform, he is taking hard-earned money you pay in taxes away from public school classrooms and giving it to private schools that do not have to prove they offer a better education." "You are a thief," McCollister shoots back at Smith, "having stolen the future of multiple generations of children during your tenure on the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board and now in the Legislature." Read the full column here, and send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today's poll question: Do you agree with some school boards' decision to close schools on Thursday to allow teachers to lobby legislators at the Capitol?
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