EAST FELICIANA PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Teachers and support staff rallied at Shiloh Baptist Church Monday, May 14 and say they deserve better.
According to their latest numbers, members of the Louisiana Association of Teachers (LAE) say Louisiana ranks 49th in the country for teacher salaries and educators in East Baton Rouge Parish rank 53rd out of the 69 school districts in the state.
Representatives with LAE partnered with members of Together Baton Rouge for the rally and say the best way to show appreciation for those who ensure the futures of area youth is to pay them more and provide more resources for them. One way the group suggests doing that is going after industrial tax dollars rather than continuing to turn to voters to foot the bill.
"I think what we ultimately want is to enhance the resources and equality that we have for our students," said Dr. Tia Mills, president of the local LAE chapter. "I think it's necessary and high time that we have a real conversation about that."
The group is also drafting a resolution to present to the school board ahead of its meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 17.