As the Louisiana Legislature considers Governor Bobby Jindal's education reform plan, U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., released the following statement:
"The Governor is advancing one of the most far-reaching education reform packages of the last two decades. Many individuals and respected organizations favor the thrust of what these proposals seek to accomplish. However, ample public debate is wise and necessary. Oftentimes, policy measures that are muscled through without reflection and discussion are dismantled later.
"If the goal here is true, systemic and long-lasting reform, not only does the Legislature need to buy in, but so do citizens in every parish and every region of our state. A good reform package will survive a thorough review, because it will survive on its merits."