Join Fellow LaTEACH Members!
Do you want a diploma pathway for all students?
Tell Senate Education Committee Members!

May 12, 2014




Diploma/Promotion bill, HB1015, is expected to be scheduled in Senate Education Committee for next Thursday, May 22, 2013.


Act now to change outcomes for your child!


Is your answer YES to any or all of these questions?  If so, take action.

  • Does your child share the same issue most other children with disabilities have - they can not or may not pass the iLEAP, LEAP, EOCt (Standardized Tests)?
    • And if they do not pass they do not graduate!
  • Do you think there are better ways to measure your child's progress and success than having one test that matters for everything?
  • Are you frustrated that teachers, schools and districts are not given credit for any success your child achieves through his or her IEP?
  • Do you want policies to change so your child will have a better opportunity for exiting school than dropping out or receiving a certificate of achievement?

Sad facts about the State of Louisiana


More Louisiana students with disabilities drop-out than graduate each year.


Kids who leave with a certificate of achievement have doors of opportunity shut.


The Good News!


A bill that will make the needed changes to Louisiana promotion and diploma policies passed out of the La. House of Representatives last week with a resounding vote of 99-0.  And 81 Representatives signed on as co-authors! 


HB1015 by Representative John Schroder and Senator Dan Claitor will allow IEP teams to determine whether a child's score on a standardized test should be used to decide whether they get promoted to the next grade level or graduate.


Join other parents in advocating for change!


What you can do:

  • Let Senators on the Senate Education Committee know that you want to see changes to Louisiana policies.  HB1015 will provide students with disabilities a pathway to promotion and a diploma.
  • Join other parents in showing support for these changes by coming to the Capitol wearing purple when these issues are heard
    • (expected on May 22nd)!


Senate Education Committee

Contact Senate Education Committee members to tell them how you feel about these issues.


Senator Conrad Appel 



(866) 946-3133

Senator Eric LaFleur 


Ville Platte

(337) 363-5019

Senator Dan Claitor

Baton Rouge

(225) 765-0206

Senator Jack Donahue


(985) 727-7949

Senator Elbert L. Guillory


(337) 943-2457

Senator Mike Walsworth

West Monroe

(318) 340-6453

Senator Mack "Bodi" White

Baton Rouge

(225) 272-1324


Did You Take Action?
Thank you
Please let us know if you contacted House Education Committee members or attended a committee meeting by emailing us at
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.