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A Full Plate for the Senate Education Committee

Here are some of the hot-button education bills the Senate Education Committee is slated to consider today:

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Bill Description

Notes

HB115

Provides for parent petitions relative to the transfer of certain schools from the Recovery School District back to the local school system
  • Amended in committee to exclude Type 5 charter schools, thereby making the bill a non-issue, since the RSD is focused on chartering schools, not running them
  • PASSED the House, 99 to 0; will be considered by the Senate Education Committee on 5/22/13

HB160

Delays implementation of certain teacher evaluation program requirements relative to termination proceedings and restricts use of evaluation results
  • Unfortunately PASSED the House, 102 to 0
  • Will be considered by the Senate Education Committee on 5/22/13
  • More about this bill here

HB343

Prohibits certain public high school students from being administered tests pursuant to La. Educational Assessment Program or the La. school and district accountability system with certain exceptions
  • PASSED by the House, 99-0
  • Will be considered by the Senate Education Committee on 5/22/13

HB466

Provides relative to the assignment of performance-based letter grades to public schools and school districts
  • This bill, which seeks to politicize the school and district accountability, unfortunately PASSED the House, 70-28
  • Will be considered by the Senate Education Committee on 5/22/13

SCR68

Requests BESE and the Department of Education to withdraw from the Common Core State Standards Initiative and cease all activities related to implementation of such standards.
  • Filed by the same Sen. Crowe, the same lawmaker who tried to pass anti-gay legislation last year
  • Up for consideration by Senate on 5/22/13

Written by Peter Cook

Pete became involved in education reform as a 2002 Teach For America corps member in New Orleans Public Schools and has worked in various capacities at Teach For America, KIPP, TNTP, and the Recovery School District. As a consultant, he developed teacher evaluation systems and served as a strategic advisor to school district leaders in Cleveland, Nashville, Chattanooga, and Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. He now writes about education policy and politics and lives in New Orleans.

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