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State school review underscores rift between Gov. Edwards, Education Superintendent John White | Education | theadvocate.com

State school review underscores rift between Gov. Edwards, Education Superintendent John White | Education | theadvocate.com:

State school review underscores rift between Gov. Edwards, Education Superintendent John White

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The public school agendas of Gov. John Bel Edwards and state Superintendent of Education John White appear to be on a collision course.
White's state Department of Education is in the midst of a year-long review of state education policies, which was prompted by a new federal law called the Every Student Succeeds Act.
But Edwards, who is no friend to White, has named an advisory council to do a review of its own, and the group is top-heavy with critics of the superintendent.

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The governor's panel may recommend changes in how public schools' letter grades are formulated and call for changes to other accountability measures, which would trigger controversy.
Scott Richard, executive director of the Louisiana School Boards Association and a member of Edwards' advisory council, said one purpose of the panel is to "really look at the various initiatives that we have bounced around with in Louisiana and determine if they are truly working."
Debra Schum, executive director of the Louisiana Association of Principals and another task force member, made a similar point.
"The advisory council will make sure that we are looking at the right changes for our accountability system," Schum said. "I think ESSA opens a lot of doors."
Critics contend the governor's panel would like to use its review to try to undo key parts of the public school overhaul in place since 2012, including letter grades, testing and other areas.
"I think it is a shame that certain people would fail to understand that it is time to let the reforms that we put in place take effect and start having an impact," said former Senate Education Committee Chairman Conrad Appel, R-Metairie. He is now a rank-and-file member of the committee.
The new federal law that states have to comply with replaced the No Child Left Behind Act. It is aimed at improving student achievement by requiring schools meet certain benchmarks.
The review by the state Department of Education is not expected to recommend sweeping changes on public school letter grades or other key accountability measures.

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"It should not substantially change what we already have in place," said Brigitte Nieland, who follows public school issues for the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry.
However, dueling reviews that put Edwards and White on different sides will highlight previous disagreements.

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The governor vowed to replace White during his campaign last year, then backed off that promise in State school review underscores rift between Gov. Edwards, Education Superintendent John White | Education | theadvocate.com:


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