The Lafayette Parish Association of Educators issued its legislative wish list on Wednesday, calling on legislators to protect public school funding and overhaul teacher evaluation and school accountability models.
The association, which says it represents more than 40 percent of Lafayette Parish School System teachers and several hundred more support and administrative personnel, released the list of its legislative recommendations through association president Rodolfo Espinoza, a Lafayette High teacher.
The recommendations include proposed legislation that would no longer allow state Minimum Foundation Program allocations to be used to fund Type 2 charter schools (set up with only state approval); and to overhaul the teacher evaluation system to incorporate student test scores as 10 percent, rather than 50 percent, of a teacher’s evaluation score and to allow administrators the flexibility to assess employees’ competencies.
The association also supports a 2.75 percent increase in MFP per-pupil funding and a $1,000 pay supplement for support personnel.
“School support personnel salaries across the state have been consistently below the poverty line, and it is increasingly difficult to attract and retain support personnel,” the release stated.
The association also requested legislation that would reduce the amount of state standardized testing and that would revamp the state’s accountability system to include multiple measures in gauging school and district performance.
Editor’s note: This article was changed on Thursday, April 2, to reflect that the Lafayette Parish Association of Educators says it represents several hundred school system support and administrative personnel in addition to 40 percent of its teachers.