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Education, K-12

Commentary on the 2012 Regular Legislative Session: Part I – Education

Reform of K-12 education was the dominant issue of the 2012 Regular Legislative Session. Elementary, secondary and early childhood education preoccupied lawmakers in the early weeks as the governor and his allies pushed through four major pieces of legislation focused on school choice (House Bill 976/Act 2), teacher tenure (House Bill 974/Act 1), school tuition […]

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PAR says keep eighth-grade LEAP standards intact

Currently, an eighth-grade student in Louisiana must score at least at the Basic level in either English/Language Arts or Mathematics on the LEAP test and at the Approaching Basic level in the other area to be promoted to the ninth grade. Two bills being considered by the Legislature would lower that standard for overage eighth-graders. […]

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PAR Urges School Board Reform

Over the past few months, the chorus of voices pressing for reforms in the way local school boards operate has grown. At the same time, those insisting there is nothing wrong with the way local school boards operate have grown more vehement. Meanwhile, Louisiana’s public education system continues to hug the bottom of most lists […]

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