My husband and I are grandparents of a child with dyslexia. She attended kindergarten and first grade at a local school. Struggling to grasp concepts that would enable her to read, she was diagnosed with dyslexia. Her mother was told the school had no resources to teach her. At mid-year of first grade, she enrolled at LA Key Academy, where now in second grade, she is reading. And this is because of trained teachers who are using an evidence-based curriculum to teach her.
LA Key is a free charter public school in East Baton Rouge Parish. I know it’s really not free. The school benefits from the Minimum Foundation Program that allocates $3.6 billion in grants to schools.
Recently, I attended an informational meeting at the school and met parents of students from as far as Boutte.
We were told that a lawsuit filed by the Louisiana Association of Educators is challenging funding for the school. I am appalled!
The LAE, an association of educators, as the name implies, should be saying, “We don’t have a targeted plan with resources or trained educators to teach dyslexic students in our current system, so let’s support schools that do!”
One would assume the LAE, comprised of teachers, would be more concerned with the education of our children rather than playing politics with the funding of our schools.
I urge the LAE to drop this lawsuit and instead,encourage the students at LA KEY to continue in their pursuit to read and learn in an environment that targets instruction for their exceptional need. I also want to thank two families in Baton Rouge who, when faced with no available or sustainable instruction for their children with dyslexia, started a school that provides the necessary tools and trained teachers to teach my grandchild and other students like her so they can reach their full educational potential.