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Burns hears local educators concerns at Haughton MS


On Thursday, State Rep. Henry Burns, R-Haughton, visited Haughton Middle School to discuss matters of Common Core State Standards with teachers, principals and administrators.

“It is vital to me to get feed-back concerning Common Core Standards and its implementation from the very ones who are teaching them to our children,” Rep. Henry Burns said. “The success of the education reform depends on our educators and I along with my fellow legislators must be prepared to listen and take their suggestions/comments back to Baton Rouge in order to continue to improve the reform and to give our educators all of the support that is needed as they have the task of educating our children of today for a successful tomorrow.”

Burns was one of the several Republican legislators from across the state signed up to spend part of the day in their local schools.

“It is important for us to get in the community and talk with our constituents,” House Republican Delegation Chairman Representative Lance Harris said. “We made a lot of progress through our education reform efforts over the last few years and we want to see firsthand how they are impacting teachers and students.”

During last year’s legislative session, legislators secured an additional $69 million to be allocated to K-12 education in the 2014 state budget. The additional funding appropriation to public education began as an amendment by Republican senators in the Senate Finance Committee.

This action made it possible for the budget conference committee to work in a bipartisan effort to enhance the needed funding for K-12 public school and teacher pay raises.

“Already we see the results and we are dedicated to further pursuing bold conservative reforms…because they work,” said Harris.

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Sean Green is managing editor of the Bossier Press-Tribune.