BESE en Senate Committee Turns Down the MFP <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>The Senate Education Committee took testimony on the MFP Thursday, and ended up rejecting the formula for funding public schools.</p><p>The formula included $150-million in new spending: for a growing number of students, for career education and for kids with special needs. On a conference call following the committee meeting, state Superintendent John White said he’s not worried about students losing out, despite the formula being turned away. That’s because House Appropriations already added the extra money to HB 1, the next state budget.</p><p> Fri, 02 May 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 26018 at Senate Committee Turns Down the MFP State Education Superintendent: Elect or Appoint? <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>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.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 25256 at State Education Superintendent: Elect or Appoint? Contending Over Common Core <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>House Education Committee members worked into the night Wednesday, taking testimony on bills that would halt or slow implementation of Common Core state standards and the accompanying standardized tests.</p><p>Louisiana is one of 45 states, plus the District of Columbia, that signed onto Common Core. The state is also one of 17 in a consortium using the PARCC tests to evaluate student progress on the new standards. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 24666 at Contending Over Common Core Student Data: Private Property or Shared Resource? <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Louisiana parents gave the House and Senate education committees an earful last week.</p><p>“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.</p><p>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. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 24076 at Student Data: Private Property or Shared Resource? Parents Mobilizing Over Common Core <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Whether you love it--like Vera Collins of Jefferson Parish, who says, “Louisiana’s Common Core State Standards is vital to making the dream a reality”—or hate it, like Ralph Roshto of Lacombe, who says, “Supporting Common Core is like a chicken supporting Colonel Sanders,”—Common Core is driving parents to the state capitol in droves.</p><p>But just what is this education issue that’s polarizing Louisiana moms and dads? Fri, 21 Mar 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 24056 at Parents Mobilizing Over Common Core School Counselor, Librarian Mandates to Stand <p>The state's top school board has dropped plans to do away with requirements for counselors and librarians at public schools.<br><br>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.<br> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 10:56:13 +0000 Amy Jeffries 9044 at Appropriations Committee Frowns on BESE Transparency Efforts <p>The House Appropriations Committee is questioning the number and necessity of contracts that the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education maintains with private entities.</p><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At a committee meeting Tuesday Chairman Jim </span>Fannin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> told </span>BESE<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> President Chas </span>Roemer<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> that contracts should be reviewed more often, so that the board can ensure the funds are being spent wisely.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>BESE cut costs last year by reducing the number of meetings from ten to seven a year, which gave them less time to review contracts.</div><div> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 23:01:03 +0000 Kelly Connelly 8381 at