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Teachers calling to change new state laws

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WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Lawmakers and teachers remain at odds over new Louisiana education reform laws.

"The legislators need to listen," Dr. Sandra Cannon-Scott said.

One state representative and three state senators  listened to teachers and school leaders in a Louisiana Educators Association forum held Monday.

Ouachita Parish Superintendent Bob Webber who is a member of the panel says teachers are feeling the heat from much of this statewide debate.

"I just really feel like the teachers have become the villain  in this whole process," Webber said.

Several educators tonight believe the laws, signed last year by Governor Bobby Jindal, were rushed through the State Senate and State House chambers without getting much input from those in the classroom.

"I think they should consider the voices of the people who are being impacted," Cannon-Scott said.

Teachers, in this forum, believe lawmakers are pointing the finger at them if students are low-performing.
     
"Hopefully some of the legislators that were hear tonight will listen to what public educators are saying," Webber said.

Some teachers are calling on parents to step up their efforts to prevent bad grades. But the overall school letter grades, some are calling unfair.

"Right now, we have parents, students, and teachers wondering which way this is going to go," Cannon said.

This educators union along with others are hoping for new changes out of this year's session starting in April.

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