January 17, 2006 -- Posted at 6:00 p.m. CST
WALNUT RIDGE, AR -- School administrators, teachers, and some
Legislators and school administrators are trying to come up with a strategy to improve education in
“The more we learn from the teachers and the superintendents and the principals the better we're going to be when we make the decision of what needs to be done,” said State Representative JR Rogers.
State representative JR Rogers says he and other legislators know exactly what needs to be done to accomplish their goal.
“We need to get the input of the superintendents and the principals because they're the ones at the grass roots and they know what's going on,” said
“We might make the teaching environment and the learning environment in a classroom better for our children as a result of the ideas that are being shared here this morning,” said State Senator Paul Miller.
Charles Lee is the principal of the
And those laws are getting harder and harder to implement because of what is expected of students.
“You have a cookie cutter mold for all schools and all children have different abilities and I think we need to look at individual abilities instead of saying that everyone is going to perform at the same level at the same time,” said Lee.
It's hard to have students that are high achievers if you don't have teachers of the same caliber. So there are plans in the works to make our state more attractive to those teachers.
“If we're going to attract and get higher qualified people to go into the teaching profession we're going to have to get the pay level up for our teachers,” said
In an upcoming special session of the legislature, health benefits for teachers will be discussed.
“We're going to have to do something to retain and keep those teachers here so we can hopefully increase our student performance,” said Lee.
But the increasing amount of testing may not be the best solution, “I really believe there's too much testing... we need to leave that to the teachers,” said