Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

WRKF
3:03 am
Wed April 16, 2014

State Education Superintendent: Elect or Appoint?

Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White

  State Representative Joe Harrison of Houma wants the people to decide whether to elect the next state superintendent of education, or let the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education keep making that appointment. Harrison is the author of that constitutional amendment, now headed to the House floor.

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WRKF
3:03 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Student Data: Private Property or Shared Resource?

Louisiana parents gave the House and Senate education committees an earful last week.

“There seems to be no effective safeguard in law to protect our children’s information from the whim and will of BESE and LDE,” said Sara Wood of Mandeville.

She was talking about data privacy. Seven bills have been filed this session, each trying to prohibit how much individual information about Louisiana students is shared—and with whom.

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Education
4:02 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Board Of Ed. Supports Delay In Shift To Tougher Common Core Standards

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Louisiana's state school board has backed a two-year delay for some consequences tied to the phase-in of more rigorous educational standards, called Common Core, at public schools.

Members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on Tuesday overwhelmingly supported the changes pushed by Superintendent of Education John White.

The plan will raise accountability standards — like the grading of students, schools and teachers — to match the Common Core in 2015, with a slow adjustment to toughen school grades set to phase in through 2025.

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Education
9:49 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Board Of Education Hears Concerns About Common Core Standards

Groups of parents, Tea Party supporters and teacher union leaders are asking the state's top school board to change course on the use of tougher educational standards called the Common Core.

The debate before the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education was expected to stretch for hours Tuesday night, as more than 70 people requested to speak.

BESE approved the standards three years ago without controversy. But in recent months, the Common Core has become a target for criticism.

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WRKF
6:23 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Some Funds Slated For Districts To Go To 'Course Choice'

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 2:08 pm

The state's top school board has approved $2 million in financing to pay for students to take individual classes elsewhere if their public school is underperforming or doesn't offer a course they want.

The money for the "Course Choice" program will be drawn from a state education trust fund stemming from an old oil drilling settlement, including $1 million that had been slated for local districts.

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WRKF
4:29 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Board of Ed. To Consider Alternative Funding For 'Course Choice'

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 6:22 am

State Supt. John White wants to reallocate $2 million from a state education trust fund to pilot the “Course Choice” program. The program will let students take individual classes elsewhere if their public school is underperforming or doesn’t offer the course they want. The state’s top school board will consider the alternative funding request Tuesday.

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WRKF
5:32 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Career Diploma Given Short Shrift

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 7:40 am

Louisiana’s Department of Education is hosting a series of regional meetings this month to talk about simplifying the state’s high school diploma options.

The department is looking to put more emphasis on career training, after lawmakers’, employers’, and teachers’ repeated complaints that the state is too focused on sending kids on to college, instead of preparing them for real-world jobs.


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WRKF
5:53 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Senators Reject Delay of Teacher Evaluation, School Grading Changes

Attempts to slow down parts of a public education overhaul have been quashed.

The Senate Education Committee opted Thursday not to take action on a bill that would have put off changes to the school grading system that take ACT results into account.

Rep. Kenny Havard, who authored the bill, said using the college entrance exam in performance score calculations will penalize schools where career-bound students opt not to prepare for or take the test. Schools graded a “C” or worse by the state can lose students and resources.

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WRKF
5:56 am
Wed April 17, 2013

School Counselor, Librarian Mandates to Stand

The state's top school board has dropped plans to do away with requirements for counselors and librarians at public schools.

The Dept. of Education had recommended the change as part of a continuing push to give more flexibility to local administrators. The reversal came as a surprise to the dozens of critics who flocked to the BESE meeting to voice impassioned opposition Tuesday.

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Education
2:36 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Early High School Graduation Program Abandoned

Plans to create a statewide program that would give college tuition grants to Louisiana students who graduate early from high school have been scrapped.

The scholarship program was approved by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education last year in the state's education financing formula, with expectations it would begin in the 2013-14 school year.

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