Fellow LaTEACH Members!
Let LaTEACH Know Your Recommendations for the Act 833 Leadership Steering Committee
We need to hear your voice!
September 25, 2014

On Wednesday, October 1st, the Act 833 Leadership Steering Committee will discuss and consider any of the items below for  recommendations to policy, implementation, and monitoring of alternative pathways for some students with disabilities to be promoted and earn high school diplomas:
  • Policy and guidance documents for meeting alternative performance requirements established by their IEP teams
  • Allowance of applied or modified course work for Carnegie credit
  • Student access to highly qualified teachers
  • Process of developing and distributing guidance documents produced by the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE)
  • Training, technical assistance, and support provided by the LDE, School districts, and parent support organizations
  • Changes to the LDE's Special Education Records / Individualized Education Program (SER/IEP) forms, user guides and related documents
  • Possible expansion of LAA-1 criteria
  • 'Non-diploma' bound status
  • Monitoring process and procedures
Click the links next to each meeting listed below for more information.  All Act 833 Steering Committee meetings will be held in the North Dakota Room (1-155) of the Claiborne Building (1201 North Third St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802) from 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM on the following dates:


September 3, 2014    Meeting Summary 

October 1, 2014        Agenda      


*November 12, 2014  *New Date/Room

December 10, 2014  


January 7, 2015        


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.

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

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
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
Mauricia Ledet-WaltersFamilies Helping Families
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.