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BESE needs to hear your voice!
June 9, 2014

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) meets next week.   Of particular interest to LaTEACH members, BESE will consider:
  • Performance Reports for Alternative Schools and Alternative Programs
  • Pupil Progression Policies and Procedures 
If these issues are important to you, contact your BESE member and put on your purple shirt to join fellow LaTEACH members at BESE! 


WHEN:          June 17 & 18, 2014


WHERE:       Claiborne Building

The Louisiana Purchase Room (1-100)

1201 N. Third Street

 Baton Rouge, LA  70802


LaTEACH members are encouraged to attend BESE meetings to remind BESE members who we are and that decisions should be made that consider the best interest of ALL kids.


If you don't have a purple LaTEACH shirt, contact your LaTEACH Regional Leader or and we will provide one for you at the BESE meeting.

BESE Agendas
Click here for the link to the agenda for each June 2014 BESE Committee and Board meeting.


Tuesday, June 17

  9:00 a.m.   Educator Effectiveness Committee  

10:30 a.m.   Academic Goals and Instructional Improvement Committee

 1:00 p.m.    School Innovation and Turnaround Committee

 1:30 p.m.    Administration and Finance Committee


Wednesday, June 18

  9:00 a.m.  Joint BESE/Board of Regents 

11:00 a.m.  BESE (Full Board)

BESE Members
Contact your BESE member to tell them how you feel about these issues.

Click HERE for the list of BESE Members by district or use the list below.

Mr. Chas Roemer  President


Dr. Lottie Beebe


Ms. Holly Boffy



Ms. Connie E. Bradford


Mr. James D. Garvey, Jr.  Vice President


Mr. Jay Guillot


Ms. Carolyn Hill


Ms. Kira Orange Jones


Mr. Walter Lee


Dr. Judith Miranti


Ms. Jane Smith


Not sure which BESE member represents you?  
Use the Louisiana map with BESE Districts linked here to find out.
Additional Information
Additional information about the issues BESE will consider is contained below.

Performance Reports for Alternative Schools and Alternative Programs 

School Performance Scores matter - but apparently not for Alternative Schools.  Earlier this year BESE created a different way for measuring whether Alternative Schools are successful other than its school performance score (SPS).  For most schools, the SPS determines whether the school is deemed failing, that is, if it receives a score low enough to be labeled as either "C," "D," or "F."  The consequences for a school to receive a low SPS are VERY high stakes (i.e., state take over; students and funding directed to other schools; or, in the case of charter schools, losing the contract to continue operating). 

SPS are flawed.  The more students with disabilities and in poverty a school enrolls the lower that school's SPS tends to be (read Educational Accountability and Reforms: Impact of One-Size-Fits-All Outcomes on Students with Disabilities).  However, using a different school accountability formula for alternative schools is not the answer.  The main concern is a dual system creates incentives for all schools to not enroll students with disabilities.  Consider that alternative schools are those that:
  1. are established to meet the specific needs of students with special challenges that require educational environments that are alternatives to the regular classroom; 
  2. house one or more programs designed to address discipline, dropout prevention and recovery, credit recovery, etc., and
  3. do not provide programs only for students who are academically advanced, gifted, talented, or pursuing specific areas of study (arts, engineering, medical, technical, etc.)

This dual accountability system for schools also seems to be inconsistent with federal requirements and laws.


On a positive note, Superintendent White has shared plans to change the current school accountability system and is seeking input from advocates on how to best include stakeholder input into this process.  As we move forward in creating a system that measures how well schools teach every student, LaTEACH members have requested, and will continue to request, BESE and Superintendent White to abandon the dual system for measuring success of schools.


Let BESE know if you disagree with having a separate accountability system for alternative schools. 


Pupil Progression Policies and Procedures
Due to passage of HB1015 that will create alternative pathways for certain students to be promoted and graduate, the Department of Education is recommending for BESE to not move forward with the previous proposed policy changes related to student promotion (i.e., pupil progression).  LaTEACH members will receive updates on proposals to align the pupil progression plan with HB1015. 
Did You Take Action?
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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.