Special ed overhaul called ‘monumental’

Article By: Will Sentell | July 25, 2014 | Originally Posted on theadvocate.com

Louisiana’s education establishment faces a huge challenge implementing a controversial new law to make it easier for high school students to earn a high school diploma, superintendents said Thursday.

“The bottom line is it is going to be a very difficult process,” said Doris Voitier, superintendent of the St. Bernard Parish school system and president of the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents.

“We just all have to recognize we are going to have significant problems with this,” Voitier said.

The issue was the dominant topic during a nearly two-hour meeting of the Superintendents’ Advisory Council, an influential panel that advises the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

BESE is set to take up the issue on Aug. 12-13.

The overhaul stems from House Bill 1015, which won approval during the 2014 legislative session.

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