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The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE)
needs to hear your voice!



Put on your purple and meet us at BESE on August 12th, 13th and 14th!

ALL LaTEACH members are encouraged to attend the Louisiana BESE meetings but at least on the most critical day, August 13th.  If you don't have a purple LaTEACH shirt, contact your LaTEACH Regional Leader and we will provide one for you at the BESE meeting.
If you cannot attend then call BESE Members to tell them how you feel.
Click HERE for the list of BESE Members by district.


Board of Elementary and Secondary Education 



Monday, August 12, 2013

3:00 p.m.  Educator Effectiveness Committee


Tuesday, August 13, 2013 

8:30 a.m.   8(g) Public Hearing

9:00 a.m.   School Innovation and Turnaround Committee

12:30 p.m.  Administration and Finance Committee

2:30 p.m.   Academic Goals and Instructional Improvement Committee


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

9:00 a.m.   BESE Meeting



Claiborne Building

Room 1-100, The Louisiana Purchase Room

1201 North 3rd St.

Baton Rouge, La

More information on issues of interest to parents of students with disabilities:

August 12th,  3:00 p.m.        Educator Effectiveness Committee 

BESE will consider adding PRAXIS exam scores to qualify for certification to teach students in Early Intervention and who are Hard of Hearing/Deaf or Visual Impairments/Blind.

August 13th,  9:00 a.m. School Innovation and Turnaround Committee  

Item 2  
Since parents of students with disabilities have faced issues accessing school choice programs, LaTEACH recommends that when BESE is considering approval of Type 2 and Type 5 Charter Schools, the track record of how these providers have included students with disabilities should be provided.

Item 3.2  BESE will review a plan to reconstitute Creswell Elementary in St. Landry Parish since this school has been designated as a failing school for more than four consecutive years.  This example seems to highlight the impact of the rate of disability on school performance scores (there is a tendency for schools with high rates of students with disabilities to receive lower school performance scores).  Creswell has served significantly more students with disabilities (17% in 2011) than either the average rate of students with disabilities found in the state or St. Landry Parish (11.2% and 10.9%, respectively in 2012).  This raises concerns that the school accountability system recognizes schools that do not serve students with disabilities as being successful and the more a school serves students with disabilities the more likely it will be rated as a failure.

August 13th, 12:30 p.m.  Administration and Finance Committee 

BESE will consider changes to 
public comment that would only allow public comment during committee meetings and not during the full board (similar to how the legislature operates).


MFP Task Force Membership

The recommended list of members for the MFP task force contains at least one parent of a student with a disability.  This task force will develop recommendations for changes to the main education funding formula (the Minimum Foundation Program).

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