New report ranks Louisiana top in the nation for education reform

Monday, January 7, 2013 - 11:45pm

A new report says Louisiana is doing the best job in the country of reforming its education system.

The report by Students First gave Louisiana a "B-" which ranked the state first in the country. The report is based on several factors, including the way states evaluate and pay teachers, the amount of choice given to parents, and accountability in spending.

State leaders say they're happy to be recognized for the reforms they've put in place, but not satisfied.

"We're going to continue to make changes. We're going to continue to push forward until we can say with confidence that every child in this state, regardless of their race, regardless of their income, has a opportunity for a high-quality education in this state," Chas Roemer, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, said.

Not everyone, however, is pleased with the report.

On NBC33 News at 10:00, hear why a large teachers' union calls the report a farce, and says the people behind it want to destroy public education.

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