LaTEACH Members
BESE Listened to You!
Advocacy Works!
August 14, 2014


The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) listened to LaTEACH members and amended the rules related to alternative pathways for students with disabilities to be promoted and earn diplomas to be aligned with Act 833.

LaTEACH members thanked staff of the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) for providing BESE with revised recommendations to the main policy for implementing Act 833 and thanked BESE members for their favorable consideration of those revisions.  

What changed?
All students, including students with the most significant disabilities (i.e., students on LAA-1), can graduate with a diploma.

The U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) raised concerns about Act 833 possibly violating federal laws.  The main federal education law, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), requires States to develop content standards, proficiency levels and assessments for state, district and school accountability purposes.  But States are not required to use the proficiency levels or assessments under ESEA for student promotion or graduation requirements or decisions.  Representative John Schroder, author of Act833/HB1015, held a phone conference with USDOE representatives and Congressman Steve Scalise on Tuesday (8/12/14).  Representative Schroder also sent USDOE the letter below requesting USDOE's interpretation and perspective on promotion and diploma determinations indicated in Act 833 and how these relate to precedent established through similar practices across the nation.


LaTEACH members were also pleased BESE recognized that students identified to be on LAA-1 should count equally as every other student.  BESE charged LDE to work with advocates and school systems to refine the accountability system to reflect how schools serve ALL students, including those with the most significant disabilities.
Thank Your BESE Member
if you appreciate their decision 
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.
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.