Louisiana is my home. It is unlike any other place in the world. I truly love this state, the people, and the culture. It is where I chose to raise my family and am thankful that my children have decided to raise their families here as well. Unfortunately, my children seem to be the exception to the rule. Too many of our best and brightest are leaving our great state for perceived greener pastures. One of the main factors contributing to this perception is the poor condition of our public school system.
Since 1971, Acadian Ambulance has been serving the people of Louisiana. We have over 3,000 employees who are essential to accomplishing our daily mission of saving lives, 24 hours per day, 365 days a year. Without an adequate and accountable public education system, this mission would suffer and thus, so would the communities and great Louisianians we serve. It is unfortunate, but true, the current public education system is failing 44 percent of students in Louisiana. This in turn produces fewer and fewer people capable of successfully completing further career training, such as becoming a paramedic and joining our ranks. Reforming Louisiana’s public education system is vital to the future of not only our company, but our core industries and our state.
Louisiana’s public education system has been declared as one of the worst in the country. Too many of Louisiana’s children are falling behind. They deserve better from us. They deserve to have the opportunity to receive a quality education.
It is beyond time to make hard choices and remove the decades-old barriers that have held our children back. The status quo is unacceptable. Simply, “the status quo must go. “
Governor Jindal has courageously taken on this issue. By providing accountability and rewarding excellence, his plan will help put a great teacher in every classroom. Regardless of financial ability, parents, not bureaucrats, will be able to choose where their children attend school. These reforms will breathe life into our public schools and help resuscitate Louisiana’s failing education system.