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State of the LPSS: Teacher roundtable discussion

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Three teachers and a counselor with over 100 years experience combined, talk candidly about issues affecting them and their students. From discipline problems to Dr. Pat Cooper and the Turnaround plan.

The focus is Governor Bobby Jindal's education reform, and the controversial new evaluation system called compass.

"It's ineffective," says Rodolfo Espinoza, a high school teacher.

"It's maddening," says Herbert Wiltz, a middle school teacher.

"It's unfair," says Belinda Cuvillier, an elementary teacher.

"Unfair," says Delisa Washington a school counselor.

Together they have over 100 years of combined experience in education, and feel the new evaluation of teachers in Louisiana is flawed.

"Graded not on performance, but on one method of whether they are implementing it properly or not. And measures only one hour out of a thousand hours," says Espinoza.

The Compass evaluation splits the teachers performance in half. One is based on observation, the other on student performance..

"If I can't make a good score on the Compass evaluation, doesn't necessarily mean I'm a bad teacher. It just means I might teach a little differently. But are my children learning. Yes they are," says Cuvillier.

Cuvillier says compass doesn't take into account the day in, day out interactions between teachers and their students.

"What about these teachers that put their children in the closet to save their lives. What would their score be on Jindal's compass test, please tell me. What about that part of teaching. The heart of the teacher," says Cuvillier.

That's why teachers showed up in droves last year on the Capitol steps. Something many received a lot of criticism for.

"Because of the children that's why they go to Baton Rouge, because they want their voices heard," says Washington.

The group of four says the Compass evaluation is one major reason why thousands are leaving the profession early, and they feel if it is continued could lead to more attrition.

"If that is not changed, and they add a compensation package to a flawed evaluation system you will see many more thousands leave," explains Espinoza.

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