Governor Jindal Calls On LAE Director To Resign
Governor Bobby Jindal continues to criticize the state's largest teachers' union, this time calling for the resignation of the group's executive director.
At the center of the controversy are comments Louisiana Association of Educators Executive Director Michael Walker Jones made in an interview with the New Orleans Times Picayune.
"If I'm a parent in poverty I have no clue because I'm trying to struggle and live day to day," Jones told the Times Picayune.
"It is offensive to me," Jindal says, "that is has now been more than a week and a half and neither the executive director nor the union itself has repudiated these comments, has apologized for these comments."
When asked if he thought the executive director should step down, Jindal said "absolutely."
Jindal unveiled his plan last month to overhaul Louisiana's education system. Among other things, the plan would provide scholarships for low-income students in poorly performing schools to allow them to go to private schools.
Critics of the plan argue it would unfairly damage traditional public schools.