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Top La. education official meets with ArkLaTex teachers

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Big changes in education this year have some Louisiana teachers a little nervous. Thursday Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White held an open meeting at Bossier Parish Community College to discuss those changes.

Educators told White that they worry how the new compass teacher evaluation system will effect them. They don't think they had enough training before they had to use it.

"Extremely stressful. It really has been for everybody. Everything was implemented so quickly, and part of it is when there's anything new you don't know. The unknown is scary, so we had to go through that hump," said Apollo Elementary School Principal, Julie Dupree.

Some teachers and law makers think the state should use this year as a trial period and not implement any consequences or rewards until they've had a chance to get used to it, but White disagrees.

"What's right for our kids is to help our teachers get better, and a big part of that is making sure we reward great teachers. I don't think we should put on hold rewarding great teachers for our kids," said White.

White also told teachers starting next week the state will launch an online teacher tool box to help them sort through all of the changes and new standards. Teachers who attended the meeting said it was helpful.

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