Union Chief Says Parents Have no Clue

Bobby Jindal complains about a teachers union leader who argued against expansion of Louisiana's new voucher law, suggesting that parents aren't sophisticated enough to make school choices for their kids.

If I’m a parent in poverty I have no clue because I’m trying to struggle and live day to day.

The voucher program is currently limited to “Opportunity Scholarships” in New Orleans.

The program is a key element of Jindal’s broad proposal to overhaul Louisiana’s education system and would make any low-income family whose child was in a school rated C, D or F eligible for public money to send the student to a private school, writes Adelson.

Teacher tenure and the use of seniority in making personnel decisions are also at risk of being cut under the proposals. However, Steve Monaghan, president of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, has attacked these aspects of the proposal and has accused Jindal of using “inflammatory rhetoric” to demonize teachers.