Lsba Wants Superintendent Paul Pastorek Replaced

State Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek should be removed from his job, the Louisiana SchoolBoards Association said Friday, echoing the same demand made by one of the state's teachers unions.The call came in a rejection letter the school board group sent to Pastorek, in response to his request for a face-to-face meeting.The letter said that such a meeting would be pointless because "trust no longer exists between you and the education community." The letter noted with approval a demand from a teachers union, the Louisiana Association of Educators, two weeks ago that Pastorek be replaced. Writing to Pastorek, Nolton Senegal, the school board association's executive director, said Pastorek's departure would be welcome."I have to advise you that our board unanimously supports theLAE in this call," Senegal said in the letter.Pastorek said late Friday that he was disappointed the LSBA had declined his invitation to meet. "But, I will continue to reach out to them and the entire education community as we seek to identify and implement policies and programs that are in the best interest of our children. I'm hoping that we can move past the fact that we may disagree on particular issues and recognize a shared responsibility." Pastorek has had months of conflict with local educationofficials, who unsuccessfully fought his school takeover plans but helped kill his bid to limit local school boards' power.

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