Fellow LaTEACH Members!
Let LaTEACH Know Your Recommendations for the Act 833 Leadership Steering Committee Meeting
We need to hear your voice!
January 30, 2015

On Thursday, February 5th, the
Act 833 Leadership Steering Committee will discuss and consider recommendations to implement alternative pathways for some students with disabilities to be promoted and earn high school diplomas.

Do you have any recommendations of Louisiana policies that should be changed to better align with Act 833?

How do you think implementation of Act 833 should be monitored?

What changes to the school and district accountability system would you recommend to ensure schools/districts are held accountable and given credit for providing supports and services to students with disabilities?

The following items will be discussed at the Act 833 Leadership Steering Committee:
  • Policy Alignment 
    • Recommendations for language changes to any proposed conflicts in Louisiana Statutes or Rules (i.e., Bulletins) with Act 833.
    • Establishment of a work group to provide further study and recommendations related to policy alignment with Act 833.
  • Monitoring
    • Establishment of a work group to further study and develop a proposal related to monitoring implementation of Act 833.
    • Recommendation of major areas and elements to be considered in developing a monitoring plan.
  • School and District Accountability
    • Establishment of a work group to further study and develop a proposal for school and district accountability.
    • Recommendation of school and district accountability to be considered in the proposal from the work group on accountability.

The Act 833 Steering Committee meeting will be held February 5, 2015 in the *North Dakota Room (1-155) of the Claiborne Building (1201 North Third St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802) 
from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.


Click the links next to each meeting listed below for more information.

  • September 3, 2014    Agenda        Summary                             
  • October 1, 2014         Agenda        Summary            
  • November 12, 2014   Agenda        Summary
  • December 10, 2014   Agenda        Summary                     
  • January 7, 2015         Agenda        Summary
  • February 5, 2015      Agenda       
  • March 4, 2015                   
  • *April 1, 2015             Last scheduled meeting      


*The meeting room is subject to change.  Additional meetings will be scheduled as necessary.  Act 833 Leadership Steering Committee meetings are open to the public. 

Please let LaTEACH know if there is an issue you would like the Act 833 Leadership Steering Committee to consider and address related to implementation of alternative pathways for promotion and diplomas for certain students with disabilities.

Click here to
email LaTEACH your recommendations for the Act 833 Leadership Steering Committee.


If, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, you need special assistance at the meeting, please contact Robbie Gray 72 hours prior to the meeting at or 225-342-6804 (Toll Free: 800-450-8108).

Important Information
In an effort to ensure stakeholder feedback into the many changes necessary to implement Act 833, the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council is convening the Act 833 Leadership Steering Committee.  The purpose of the Steering Committee is to provide guidance and recommendations related to the implementation of alternative pathways for promotion and graduation requirements of certain students (Act 833).  Recommendations will include, but not be limited to policy changes, guidance documents, monitoring strategies and communications with the public.  These recommendations will strive to maintain high expectations for all students and enable each student the opportunity to earn a high school diploma.

Act 833 of 2014 established alternative pathways for certain students with disabilities to be able to be promoted to the next grade level and graduate from high school.  Visit for more information about Act 833.

Act 833 Leadership Steering Committee Members

Representative John Schroder,
Louisiana Legislature

Senator Dan Claitor
Louisiana Legislature
Donnica Conway
La. Developmental Disabilities Council
Alan CoulterLSU Human Development Center
April DunnAdvocate
Rebecca EllisFamilies Helping Families
Shawn FlemingLa. Developmental Disabilities Council
Liz GaryParent
Rebecca HanberryAt Large Member
Carolyn HillBoard of Elementary & Secondary Education
Sherri Houin
Sheila JacksonLa. Association of School Superintendents
Kelli JosephLa. Association of School Superintendents
Mauricia Ledet-Walters
Families Helping Families
Laureen MayfieldLa. Association of Sp. Ed. Administrators
Ashley McReynoldsLaTEACH
Scott M. RichardLouisiana School Boards Association
Debra SchumLa. Association of Principals
Carol TallLa. Association of Sp. Ed. Administrators
Sarah VoigtAdvocacy Center
Patsy WhiteLa. Developmental Disabilities Council
Jamie WongLa. Department of Education
Any questions?
If there are any questions about the information in this alert, contact LaTEACH at:
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Phone: 1-800-450-8108
Phone: 1-800-894-6558

LaTEACH is an initiative of the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council.