Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Red Rose Alert from Epsilon Legislative Committee

The Senate Committee on Education met on Thursday, May 30th voting against HB160 by Rep. Gene Reynolds. This bill would have delayed the full implementation of the COMPASS evaluations system until the legislature has reviewed the data to ensure accuracy and fairness. A second bill, HB 129 by Rep. Vincent Pierre (D-Lafayette) was approved by the House Education Committee this week and sent to the full House for a vote. The bill says that both components of teacher evaluations - the objective and subjective halves - must be 100% complete before any disciplinary action can be taken against a teacher.

The House passed HB 129, and amended it to include the language formerly in HB 160.

Sen. Appel, who chairs the Senate Education Committee, said that he may call a meeting of the Senate Education Committee to take action on the amended bill, and that it could still have time to go before the Senate before June 6.

Please contact the senate committee and let them know why they should vote for HB129. Don't delay.

See below for committee member telephone numbers and email addresses:
Senator Conrad Appel appelc@legis.la.gov

Senator Eric LaFleur lafleure@legis.la.gov

Senator Dan Claitor claitord@legis.la.gov

Senator Jack Donahue donahuej@legis.la.gov

Senator Elbert L. Guillory guillorye@legis.la.gov

Senator Michael A. Walsworth walsworthm@legis.la.gov

Senator Mack A. White, Jr. whitem@legis.la.gov

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