“The coalition of the status quo is going to say my plan hurts teachers and hurts public education. They are going to do whatever it takes to say reform is a bad idea. They are going to argue for the status quo. It’s just the opposite. That type of rhetoric is insulting to the people across this state demanding better schools.”
—Gov. Piyush Jindal, in his Jan. 17, 2011 address to the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) during which he unveiled his sweeping reform package for public education. Piyush’s mean spirited rhetoric, in which he trashes teachers as a collective group, now takes on a sinister tone in light of last Friday’s shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.