A state representative from Shreveport wants to create a commission through which the legislature will teach local school boards how to conduct themselves.
The bill, HB 693, seeks to create a commission that would spend taxpayer money to attend school board meetings and instruct school boards on how to "exhibit high standards of public civility and decorum." The commission also would report to the legislature and serve as an advisory agency regarding "policy changes."
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Rep. Barbara Norton, a Democrat, has pre-filed the bill for the upcoming regular session. It would create a commission of people who would attend school board meetings and collect comments from people who attend school board meetings, then research best practices and share their findings. Commission members wouldn't be paid to attend meetings, but taxpayer money would be used to pay per diems and travel costs for them to attend school board meetings. However, if the commission member is appointed by one of the teacher groups, or by the state School Boards Association, those groups would have to pay for the member's per diem and travel expenses.
The commission will have a staff and facilities, which will be provided by the legislature, under the bill.
The commission will have members appointed by:
Norton also has pre-filed bills requiring equal pay for women, security training for children in Louisiana schools, home health for people with mental illness, and certain documents when you sell a car for scrap. To see all her pre-filed bills, click here.