Statement of Principles
- Invest From Beginning to End- The future of our economy depends on the value we place on education. A top-notch education from Pre-K through Higher Education produces a quality workforce, improves the quality of lives, and drives economic development.
- Pre-K- 12th- For students to be better prepared for postsecondary education, we must begin in early childhood. We believe that investing in early childhood education prepares them for a workforce that meets the demands of the 21st century.
- Higher Education- Continue to invest in higher education that will increase educational achievement and be more responsive to the workforce needs of the people of Bossier Shreveport.
2012 Public Policy Priorities
- Every child in Louisiana has access to a quality public education- Provide opportunities for parents seeking better education opportunities for their children through the enactment of a parent trigger provision, creation of local charter school authorizers, development of a course choice program, and the establishment of a statewide voucher program
- Increasing teacher performance and accountability- Link teacher tenure to performance based on the value added and school leader assessment model passed in 2011
- Early Childhood Accountability- Establish performance target for children under 3 and academic standards for Kindergarten readiness in three and four year old children, align standards for programs that provide early childhood education and receive public funds, and create a uniform assessment and accountability system for all publicly funded early childhood education programs that includes a letter grade indicative of student performance