We had a very busy legislative session, with most of the issues being around budget concerns, but a few bills did get through the regular session that you should be aware of:
·Cursive writing bill --A bill mandating schools to add cursive writing to the curriculum has been approved and signed in to law by Governor Edwards.
·Education compromise bills passes---After winning approval by the Senate and the House Education Committee, two bills that constitute a compromise on teacher evaluation and the implementation of new standards sailed through the House of Representatives without a dissenting vote.
- SB 477 by Sen. Gerald Boudreaux (D-Lafayette) reduces the emphasis on the Value Added Model in teacher evaluations from 50% to 35%. Other indications of student growth will make up the remaining 15%.
- The second bill, SB 262 by Sen. Blade Morrish (R-Jennings), ensures that there will be another year’s moratorium on linking test results based on state standards to consequences for teachers, school letter grades and the promotion of fourth grade students.
. Please check out our legislative update on this web page to see more detailed items regarding bills that were passed!
In other legislative action Governor John Bel Edwards signed an executive order establishing an advisory council to help the state align its education program with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.
- Formerly known as No Child Left Behind, this version of the federal education law does away with federal mandates on everything from student assessment to teacher evaluation, leaving it up to individual states to determine how the new law will be implemented.
- Members of the governor’s commission will:
- Conduct an extensive review of the ESSA.
- Make recommendations on specific actions necessary for implementation of the ESSA in Louisiana.
- Submit to the Governor an initial and final report outlining the requirements and recommendations for implementation of the ESSA in Louisiana.
- The 15-member council, comprising highly qualified educators, will be appointed by the governor. The commission will make initial recommendations to the governor by December 31, 2016, and a final report on or before March1, 2017.
In addition to the governor’s commission, Superintendent John White has scheduled a series of meetings around the state to discuss ESSA implementation (a Schedule of these meetings is included in the newsletter which can be found on this website). ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) will take the place of NCLB and will be extremely important in determining funding and accountability issues for principals and teachers. LAP has already begun the conversation and will continue to make sure the voice of site based administrators is heard! We encourage everyone to participate and to share with us any questions or concerns that you have!
We also want to remind you to check out the information on our FALL 2016 conferences, which can also be found on the website! Please mark your calendars for the following Conferences:
Annual Principals Conference—September 11th- 13th—Baton Rouge—L’Auberge Casino Event Center
Annual Assistant Principals Conference—November 7th—Baton Rouge--- L’Auberge Casino Event Center
Annual Clerical Conference--- December 4th & 5th----Lafayette--- Doubletree by Hilton
We will be honoring our Louisiana Principals of the Year in partnership with Dream Teachers and the LDOE on July 15, 2016. This is a professional development opportunity for you and your teachers—please see information on the event and professional development offerings in the summer newsletter which can be found on this website!
I hope that you take some time this summer to relax and reflect on your successes before you jump into the next school year! Please encourage your co-workers to become members of LAP--- the more members we have the more our voice is heard! We are the only organization that is affiliated with the national principal’s organizations (NAESP and NASSP) and we advocate for principals/site based administrators at the national level also!
Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns.
Thanks for all that you do!