LFT: Teachers angry over Common Core dispute
Posted on 8/10/2014 4:21:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
With school starting around the state, teachers are educating kids in the classroom with no idea what assessment test will be given this year. Louisiana Federation of Teachers President Steve Monaghan says educators are frustrated and angry about all of this.

"They feel very much like students in this," said Monaghan. "Victimized by a very political process."

Monaghan says most teachers are irritated about being in the middle of a political battle between BESE and the Department of Education and Governor Bobby Jindal over Common Core.

The two sides head to court this week. Monaghan says these political forces need to make this year about teaching.

"And re-center the focus of the state," said Monaghan. "Put the argument about assessments on the back burner."

With no standardized test in place, Monaghan hopes principals use this time to judge teachers based on their performance in the classroom rather than how a child performs on a test.

"Evaluate our teachers based on the way teachers should be evaluated," said Monaghan. "Put the Administration inside the classrooms to make sure people are teaching."


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