Over the last two decades, Louisiana has made great strides in education reform. Our state offers more choice for quality educational opportunities than most other states. The traditional public school system continues to improve. We have become a national model for innovation and commitment to reform.
However, there’s still much more work to do. Student achievement indicators continue to lag behind the rest of the nation, while over $100 billion in new and expanded projects have been announced for the state. In order for our citizens to be able to participate in this economic boom, we need to have a trained, ready workforce. Workforce development is a top priority for LABI. It will only be achieved by defending high standards in K-12; supporting the Louisiana Community and Technical College System’s efforts to revamp the ways in which they provide training; and aligning higher education institutions’ missions with regional economic needs.
Of course, in order to maintain what we’ve already achieved, LABI will continue to play strong defense as attacks on reform by the defenders of the status quo come at us. We will give no ground. The future of the state literally depends on it.