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|Teacher union wrong on superintendent|
The Louisiana Association of Educators must think Louisianians will fall for anything. Nothing else explains the whoppers told by the teachers' union in calling for the firing of state education Superintendent Paul Pastorek.
The union said Mr. Pastorek has not produced positive results in public education and suggested that he's an obstacle to meaningful education reform.
That's pretty rich from the folks who for years opposed reforms because they threatened the union's influence on personnel matters and other school decisions.
During Mr. Pastorek's tenure, the performance of many districts has improved, chief among them New Orleans public schools. His drive to give New Orleans children decent educational options after Katrina has been admirable.
The union and many school board members across Louisiana are upset that Mr. Pastorek opposed the weakening of education standards, like the new so-called diploma track. Mr. Pastorek also sought to reduce the influence of local boards on day-to-day decisions, such as teacher hiring. But he was right -- those decisions are best left to system administrators, not elected board members.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education names the state superintendent, and Mr. Pastorek's job does not seem at risk. Gov. Bobby Jindal appoints three of the 11 BESE members, and he voiced strong support for Mr. Pastorek Friday. So should the eight elected BESE members.
-- The Times-Picayune
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