Students Invited to Testify on Issues
MONROE—Two of the most powerful women in the state of Louisiana spoke to a gathering of eight grade students urging to them to strive to make the world better.
State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson and State Rep. Katrina Jackson were in Monroe to meet with officials about education issues, but took time out to meet with those affected most by education policy: students.
Peterson, chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party, and Jackson, head of the Legislative Black Caucus, are arguably two of the most powerful women in the state, yet they spent quality time touring the newly opened charter school Excellence Academy in Monroe and listening to the opinions and ideas of eight grade females.
Peterson invited the girls to appear before her legislative committee in the spring to testify about violence, crime, and education.
“When teachers come to Baton Rouge there were thousands who wanted to speak about how rules would effect them. No one came to speak on behalf of the students. We want you to come to Baton Rouge and tell us how the laws we make affect you.” said Peterson. She and Jackson will invite youth from other schools to join the upcoming legislative session.