BATON ROUGE, La. -- Gov. Bobby Jindal and House Speaker Chuck Kleckley have become targets of recall efforts as a result of Jindal's proposals to revamp public education.
Calcasieu Parish teacher Angie Bonvillain is one of five teachers who started the recall effort. She described herself to The Advocate (http://bit.ly/H0b495) as "fed up." She said no one was listening to teachers, who she said know more about what's needed to improve public education than Jindal and others fast-tracking the changes through the Legislature.
"When they would not listen, after repeated e-mails and phone calls, we became frustrated, especially when we're the ones who voted them into the office they presently hold," Bonvillain said.
Jindal and legislative leaders are quickly moving proposals that would make it tougher for teachers to get job protection and would dedicate tax dollars to pay private school tuition.
Recall organizers face a high hurdle on getting sufficient signatures to force recall elections. No one has ever successfully gathered enough signatures to get a recall election against a statewide or parishwide official in Louisiana.
To trigger a recall election, one-third of the state's 2.86 million registered voters would have to sign petitions within 180 days.
"We're not concerned," Jindal press secretary Frank Collins said in an e-mailed statement.
In the case of Kleckley, organizers would have to get the signatures of one-third of the registered voters in his district to force a recall. According to the elections website, there are about 28,000 registered voters in Kleckley's Lake Charles-based district.
Jindal has been a previous target of recall petitions. At least five recall efforts against him have failed.