2011 LAE Legislative Outlook

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2011 LAE Legislative Outlook

  1. 1. Issues Facing Educators
  2. 2. What to expect? <ul><li>Teacher Tenure </li></ul><ul><li>Retirement </li></ul><ul><li>“ Red Tape Reduction” Act 921 </li></ul><ul><li>Charter Schools </li></ul><ul><li>Student Discipline </li></ul><ul><li>Student-based budgeting </li></ul>
  3. 3. Teacher Tenure <ul><li>Aggressive efforts are underway in several states to eliminate due process rights for teachers. </li></ul><ul><li>Louisiana is no exception. </li></ul><ul><li>Previously mentioned as a barrier and hindrance to student growth and achievement at education committee hearings </li></ul>
  4. 4. Retirement <ul><ul><li>Elimination of Defined Benefit Plan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Permanent Benefit Increase” PBI </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Charter School Participation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University Participation </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. “ Red Tape Reduction” <ul><ul><li>Amend Act 921 to strike “teacher approval” of school/district waivers. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Would allow districts to waiver due process rights/teacher tenure, class size, instructional time, student discipline, curriculum. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Charter Schools <ul><li>Proposal for businesses to team with charter schools by allowing: </li></ul><ul><li>Half of the seats in the schools to be filled by children of the business operators. </li></ul><ul><li>A minority percentage of the seats on the boards that govern the charter schools. </li></ul><ul><li>Businesses to provide “a facility or land to a charter school. </li></ul><ul><li>Partner on career counseling, technical education and mentoring. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Student Discipline <ul><li>Legislation that would dumb down the current student discipline law, teacher bill of rights and student assault on a teacher. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Student-based budgeting <ul><li>Overhauls the way Louisiana would finance 1,300 schools. </li></ul><ul><li>Requires school districts to send dollars directly to schools to let the money follow students. </li></ul><ul><li>Gives school principals sole-authority on how to spend state, federal and local education dollars without a site-based committee/board. </li></ul>

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