Quantcast

Bill advances to help schools displaced by disasters - KATC.com | Continuous News Coverage | Acadiana-Lafayette

Bill advances to help schools displaced by disasters

Posted: Updated:
Courtesy Wikipedia -- The Louisiana State Capitol Courtesy Wikipedia -- The Louisiana State Capitol

A bill has cleared committee that would create a way for schools displaced by disasters to side-step state requirements for instructional minutes.

State law requires that public schools provide a minimum number of instructional minutes each year. 

HB20, authored by state Rep. Ed Price, D-Gonzales, would create a possible exemption for any school that had to close and share space with another school because of a disaster. The administration of the school still would need approval from state education officials, under the bill that was introduced.

The change would only apply to schools that were forced to move class to another school because of a declared disaster. For instance, Westside Elementary School in Scott was closed after the August floods for repair. Those students now share space with Scott Middle School and N.P. Moss School. As written, the bill would allow Westside to apply for an exemption. 

As written, the bill does not apply to schools that simply closed for a few days because of the disaster. 

The bill was unanimously passed along by House committee, and now is pending floor action in the House. If approved, it will pass to Senate committee, and if favorably received there, to a vote on the Senate floor.

If you'd like to read the bill, or keep up with its status, click here

Top Trending Videos

WEATHER
Power Doppler HD
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • UPDATE: 1 child dead, 1 injured in boat accident on Sabine River

    UPDATE: 1 child dead, 1 injured in boat accident on Sabine River

    Monday, August 21 2017 5:33 AM EDT2017-08-21 09:33:27 GMT
    Boat AccidentBoat Accident

    A single-vessel boating accident on the Sabine River near Niblett's Bluff Park Sunday evening has resulted in two children being seriously injured, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries tells KPLC.  

    A single-vessel boating accident on the Sabine River near Niblett's Bluff Park Sunday evening has resulted in two children being seriously injured, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries tells KPLC.  

  • UPDATE Port Barre man arrested in violent crime spree identified

    UPDATE Port Barre man arrested in violent crime spree identified

    Sunday, August 20 2017 9:07 PM EDT2017-08-21 01:07:58 GMT
    Jon Michael MauldwinJon Michael Mauldwin

    A Port Barre man has been arrested in Point Coupee Parish, accused of a home invasion and kidnapping in Three Mile Lake, armed robbery, another home invasion in Livonia, and attempted murder of five people, including two police officers.

    A Port Barre man has been arrested in Point Coupee Parish, accused of a home invasion and kidnapping in Three Mile Lake, armed robbery, another home invasion in Livonia, and attempted murder of five people, including two police officers.

  • LPSS offers details of planned eclipse viewing

    LPSS offers details of planned eclipse viewing

    Sunday, August 20 2017 11:53 AM EDT2017-08-20 15:53:20 GMT
    Courtesy Larry Kohen, ShadowandSubstance.comCourtesy Larry Kohen, ShadowandSubstance.com

    Tomorrow, Lafayette Parish public schools will provide teacher-led viewing of the solar eclipse.  

    Tomorrow, Lafayette Parish public schools will provide teacher-led viewing of the solar eclipse.  

Powered by Frankly

© KATC.com 2017, KATC.com
A CORDILLERA COMMUNICATIONS Station
Privacy Policy, | Terms of Service, and Ad Choices

Can't find something?