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BESE Report - October, 2016

BESE Report - October, 2016
BESE okays plan for teacher internships

A plan to reconfigure teacher preparation in Louisiana was unanimously approved by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education following a close favorable vote by the board’s Teacher Effectiveness Committee.


MFP faces $20 million shortfall this year

BESE Report – January 2016
MFP faces $20 million shortfall this year

Former Lt. Governor and current Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne visited BESE to administer oaths of office to members, but also brought a warning about the state’s dire financial situation.


Your LFT Connection: December 2015

“I did not create this breeze of hope that’s blowing across our state,
but I did catch it. The people chose hope over scorn.”
-Governor-elect John Bel Edwards

Dear Colleague,

What could be better than a fresh “breeze of hope” blowing across Louisiana during this holiday season?


Policy won’t punish schools where students opted out

BESE Report - December, 2015

It’s a conflict that has frustrated parents and school administrators ever since a protest movement last spring prompted thousands of students to opt-out of taking PARCC tests. Federal law requires schools to report test scores and be graded based on them, but no law forces students to take the tests.

In a compromise that was vetted by the Parish Superintendents Advisory Council, but not the Accountability Commission, BESE approved an emergency rule that allows schools in which students to avoid penalties, at least for one year.


Your LFT Connection: John Bel Edwards for governor!

For the past eight years, John Bel Edwards has been steadfast in his support for public education. Even when Gov. Jindal’s ratings were above 60%, John Bel was unafraid to say that the Jindal plan was bad for Louisiana. He has been a voice of reason standing against those who led the state to the brink of disaster.


BESE okays controversial test scoring

BESE Report - October, 2015

With elections looming and several members facing tough re-election fights, the last thing that members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education wanted was a contentious issue in this week’s meeting.


BESE dismisses special education funding issue

BESE Report – June 2015

What should have been a bombshell announcement that the State Department of Education is underfunding some charter schools with special education students while overpaying others was virtually ignored by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.


LFT survey on Act 240 Subcommittee Recommenations

Louisiana Federation of Teachers
Reaction to Preliminary LDOE and other Stakeholder Recommendations to the Act 240 Subcommittee

Conducted January 13-February 9, 2015

Teachers and other stakeholders from around Louisiana seem to agree that high-stakes standardized tests are the wrong way to measure teacher effectiveness and student progress, that local school leaders should have more say in how teachers are evaluated, and that leaders should be better trained in how to help teachers improve.