For years, Louisiana has shown commitment and dedicated resources to education reform and results in improved student achievement are being realized. Graduation rates are improving, along with ACT scores, and the achievement gap continues to lessen. There are more opportunities for school choice than most other states in the nation, and traditional public schools are responding to competition with additional course offerings such as Course Access and technical training in high school through programs such as Jump Start.
The challenge remains great. Our state still lags in the bottom third of most national rankings, and likely will continue to do so for a while as standards and assessments are raised to become as rigorous as other states. Education and jobs are the paths out of poverty, and Louisiana’s citizens deserve the quality of life offered to citizens in prosperous states. LABI will continue to fight for students, taxpayers, and a quality workforce that can bring good jobs with benefits, and will fight against defenders of the status quo that benefits a few but not all.