Louisiana under Bobby Jindal is diminishing the value of certification. State Commissioner of Education John White (ex-TFA) thinks that nothing more is needed than a college diploma to be a teacher. Extra degrees, like a masters or a doctorate, will not be recognized or rewarded in this state. In other words, they want students to get more education but not their teachers.
This teacher wonders if she can get her money back:
I earned a Ph.D. In Curriculum and Instruction from Louisiana’s flagship university to strengthen my pedagogy and to live in the joy of learning. With each passing day my degree is becoming irrelevant. Do I have grounds to demand the return of tuition and punitive damages for establishing what are now false certification and academic advancement requirements that are no longer needed to be a teacher in Louisiana?