Letter: Consider record on education in voting _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- During a stop in Gonzales, Rep. Bill Cassidy speaks to the Capital Region Homebuilders Association about federal flood insurance rates and other topics of interest.

The education of our children and fair pay for their teachers should not be on our legislators’ chopping block, but that’s exactly where Congressman Bill Cassidy wants to place our state’s education system. His decision to vote against a House bill that provided more than $2.6 billion in funding for the state’s education system ensured children, young adults and teachers across the spectrum would feel the burden of diminished resources, limited student loans and pay rates firmly below state averages as recommended by the Southern Regional Education Board.

Congressman Cassidy voted against funding that keeps our state’s education system competitive. That doesn’t make sense no matter how you slice it. Without adequate funding, Louisiana children will lose a step in the increasingly competitive process of college admissions. Teachers feel the strain of unprepared students and the Louisiana workforce is handicapped when mechanical colleges and trade schools close doors or can’t offer resources necessary to provide requisite training. Louisiana can’t afford to withhold funding from our children’s future. When it comes time to vote in November, don’t forget Congressman Cassidy’s bizarre way of taking care of educators and students across the state.

Richard Vermillion