Education in Louisiana has been a major problem in recent years. Louisiana has consistently ranked near the bottom of the 50 states in education, and this trend has yet to change. This is due to a money problem, but mostly is due to the training and selection of teachers. Most teachers are underpaid, unqualified, and some leave the state for better teaching jobs and higher pay.
One problem is that many of the teachers in Louisiana are not certified. To be certified teachers must complete a course which gives them state certification to teach. Many teachers are hired without certification and this is only detrimental to the students. A solution to this is to mandate that all teachers receive certification. To add to this, the state could implement assessment test for the teachers to take periodically throughout the year to monitor their progression. Also many teachers are teaching subjects they are not qualified to teach. If a math teacher is teaching an English class what good could come of this?
Teacher turnover is also a major problem for state school officials. Many teachers leave the state for better jobs and higher salaries. To combat this problem the state could institute a pay by performance plan. This would give bonuses to teachers based on the performance of their students. This would be an incentive for teachers to stay in state, but it would also make them focus more on the progression of their students, which in turn helps expand the learning experience of the student.
The biggest problem our state faces in terms of education is teacher pay. Many solutions have been brought up, but nothing has seemed to work. The pay by performance plan is one way, but there needs to be more. Many people have already opposed by way of vote not to raise sales tax so the teachers would receive a pay raise. But, many people do not realize how it would drastically contribute. Only a one cent sales tax raise would be enough...