Lafayette group seeks changes in new education policies

Lafayette group seeks changes in new education policies

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Advocates push for legislation to give taxpayers more control

BY MARSHA SILLS
msills@theadvocate.com
February 27, 2014

LAFAYETTE — A Lafayette Parish education advocacy group pushed Thursday for legislation that would give local taxpayers control over whether new charter schools can open in a parish and for tweaks to education matters approved by the Legislature in 2012.
The advocacy group Power of Public Education Lafayette held the legislative breakfast to outline specific legislative issues the group hopes to find support for in the session that begins March 10.

The breakfast, opened to the public, was attended by about 60 people and three legislators: Reps. Terry Landry, D-New Iberia; Vincent Pierre, D-Lafayette; and Joel Robideaux, R-Lafayette.

The group requested legislation that addresses issues with the Common Core State Standards, changes to the state’s school accountability or letter grade system, tougher charter school oversight and local control of charter school application approvals, and changes to teacher evaluations in order to improve teacher retention…

For more see the full Advocate online story.

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