"We need to get rid of it as soon as we possibly can."
A candidate for the District 7 seat on the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is calling for end of the tenure system for teachers in Louisiana public schools. Holly Boffy of Lafayette, the 2010 Louisiana teacher of the year recognized for her work at Paul Breaux Middle School - Boffy has since retired from public education and works for the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana - told members of the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge this week, according to The Advocate, saying "We need to get rid of it as soon as we possibly can."
The position, which is in line with BESE member Chas Roemer's failed bid earlier this year to abolish tenure, is likely to raise the hackles of state teacher unions.
Boffy is so far the only announced candidate taking on incumbent District 7 BESE member Dale Bayard of Sulphur. District 7 represents southwest Louisiana and includes Lafayette.
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