Vermilion Parish Superintendent Jerome Puyau says there has been a rise in teachers either retiring or resigning despite what's being reported. A recent press release from State Education Superintendent John White says there is no evidence that there are a greater number of teachers leaving since tougher job performance is required under Governor Bobby Jindal.
But according to superintendent Puyau, Vermilion Parish has seen three times the amount of experienced teachers leave just in the past six months. Puyau says as of today his district had one hundred and twenty seven who either retired or resigned.
That's when Puyau did some digging around and found out that if you added up those who retired over the past three years, it would add up to the amount who left in just the past six months. And that's why so many people are raising the question, are more teachers leaving due to stricter guidelines being enforced on them by the state? Superintendent Puyau says it could be a factor because so many teachers are stressed over the new accountability system. Puyau hopes the state addresses this issue and makes changes if necessary.