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Baton Rouge, LA — Speaking from a parent perspective, Parents Across America NOLA and people representing several other parent organizations will hold a press conference today at 2:00 p.m. on the steps of the Capitol in Baton Rouge. They have set their focus on concerns with HB 976, with its heavy emphasis on the expansion of charter schools, which they see as pitting parents against parents in the long run. Other major concerns include concern for equitable treatment of children with special needs.
Several parent organizations plan to unite at the Capitol Thursday, when HB 976 is to be debated on the House floor. Those groups include: Parents Across America (PAA) a national organization; Evangeline CAN (Community Autism Network); St. Landry Abilities; ABLE to Learn; Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children (FFLIC); and the Bayou Chicot Elementary School PTO (Parent Teacher Organization.)
Parent advocate Karran Harper Royal, a co-founder and local representative of the national PAA, and a member of the statewide group the Coalition for Louisiana Public Education, outlined some of the many parental concerns specifically with HB 976:
Other speakers at the press conference include: Bambi Polotzola, parent, education advocate and founding member of “St. Landry Abilities;” Ashana Bigard, of “ABLE to Learn;” Alisha Fontenot, Evangeline Parish public school parent; and Kelly Fisher, Orleans Parish public school parent.