You've got to love Louisiana Representative Barbara Norton. You might remember her - she's the one who had her godson, rapper Hurricane Chris, perform on the floor of the Louisiana Legislature.
Norton represents the 3rd district and is a Democrat.
In her latest attempt to impersonate a State Representative, Mrs. Norton introduced HB 1437 which "requires school boards to provide for the noon dismissal of students transported by school bus on days when the expected high temperature is 100 degrees or higher." Norton has never worked for one day in education, as far as I can find. She is retired from AT&T. It's another example of someone with no education background telling educators how to do their job.
Stop for a moment and consider the logistics of this, if you will. Louisiana law requires that there be 360 instructional minutes per day for a minimum of 177 school days.
School cafeterias are planning lunch for an expected number of students each day.
Teachers plan lessons and exams for their daily classes.
So what if between August 10 (when school begins) and, oh say...September 30, the period of time when we're likely to have 100 degree days around here, Little Johnny and 250 or more of his friends are dismissed at noon but the rest of the kids who walk, drive, or are driven to school, stay in class? Do they have to make up that instructional time that they missed? When? At the end of the year (when temps are warming up again...)?
Think of the logistics for teachers - getting work and tests made up, lessons re-taught, library time rescheduled, computer lab time rescheduled (but only for those students!).
Isn't this discriminatory against non-bus riding students? Or against the bus riders? I mean, you're singling out a single group...
What about those poor cafeteria workers and all those abandoned lunches?
It boggles the mind.
Barbara Norton boggles the mind.
Her bill came up today in the Legislature. It was "Involuntarily Deferred" in committee, which means in essence that it is dead.
Rest in peace.