Apr 1, 2014 4:06 PM by Ian Auzenne

Puyau, superintendents to attend education committee hearing

Vermilion Parish Schools Superintendent Jerome Puyau is asking his fellow superintendents from across the state to join him tomorrow at the State Capitol as state legislators discuss education reforms in the state.

In a letter to the other superintendents, Puyau says that state officials have developed, changed, and revised education standards for the state's public schools without consulting superintendents and others who have to abide by those standards. Tomorrow's committee meeting, Puyau says, gives the superintendents a chance to be a part of the process.

Puyau notes that he and other superintendents are not looking to completely discard the Common Core State Standards recently implemented by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

"We would like to keep high rigorous standards but would like a panel to review the standards to make sure all are age appropriate," Puyau said.

One of the bills on tomorrow's House Education Committee agenda would create a panel to review the state's standards for public school students. Two other bills on the agenda would eliminate PARCC assessments and reinstate LEAP testing. Another bill would allow school districts to create and develop their own curriculum.

Puyau tells KATC that he is not sure how many superintendents will be in Baton Rouge for tomorrow's hearings, but he did note that he saw several superintendents attending today's legislative session.



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