JEFF LANDRY’S EDUCATION PLAN
IT’S TIME TO FIX EDUCATION
Louisiana is failing our children. Our state is consistently ranked 50th in the country for the education we provide our children despite spending more dollars per student than all of our neighbors in the southeast. We should be focused on allowing our teachers to teach and creating a secure environment for our children to learn. Parents should be empowered to decide how their child can best achieve their fullest academic potential because parents are the most important voice in a child’s education.
RAISE EXPECTATIONS OF OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Public schools educate most students in Louisiana; that is a fact that won’t change. Public schools in Louisiana should be given resources to ensure that they are adequately educating the workforce of tomorrow. Graduation is an accomplishment worth celebrating, let’s go further and take steps to provide our kids the college or career preparation they need as soon as they move the tassel. Let’s challenge our schools to do better because our kids deserve it.
ACADEMICS, NOT POLITICS
Our kids are not guinea pigs. Let’s teach our kids a curriculum that doesn’t subject them to the politics of the day. For far too long, our kids have struggled to keep up with reading and math. The three Rs are critical to the success of the next generation. Let’s get back to basics and teach kids how to think—not what to think.
TEACHERS DESERVE OUR RESPECT AND SUPPORT
Teachers in Louisiana shouldn’t be used as annual political pawns. State and local governments should work together to ensure that teachers are well-compensated and respected in the classroom. Teachers are professionals and too valuable and scarce to be taken for granted.
NO CHILD SHOULD BE TRAPPED IN A FAILING SCHOOL
If a school cannot adequately educate its students, those students should be given the ability to obtain an education that is worthy of the commitment we have made to them. We should ensure that money is not the reason why a child in Louisiana is unable to reach their full learning potential. Zip codes and family income should not trap students in schools that don’t equip them for the next stage of their lives.