Students, parents, education leaders bring local voice to Public Education Day


Posted on March 20, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Antwan Harris / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS, La. -- New Orleans citizens are getting up-close and personal with the state's plans for education, as Thursday is the third annual Public Education Day at the State Capitol, and around 9 a.m., a community bus ride will head to Baton Rouge, from the Mahalia Jackson Theater.

The city is giving not only students, but parents and residents the opportunity to bring their voices to the State Capitol and hear the conversation around education and how it impacts their lives.

Students and families will load in New Orleans and take the trip to the State Capitol to make sure they get a voice in the educational discussion for the state.

Louisiana has faced its share of challenges when it comes to education.

The American Institute of Physics ranked Louisiana 48 out of 50 in science education, and 47 out of 50 in mathematics.

Currently, the debate over Common Core is at the forefront of the legislature.

Governor Bobby Jindal said Monday he would not support a "one-size-fits-all" testing that goes with Common Core.

Louisiana has been falling behind in graduation rates for the last decade and on several occasions the state has cut education funding.

With this trip, students can expect to learn how these conversations will impact them moving forward, and what can be done on a legislative level.

Some of the issues expected to be discussed Thursday include early childhood education, after-school programs and high school transformation.