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Member of Legislature wants to teach school boards about decorum

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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."

If you'd like to read the bill for yourself, scroll down. 

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:

  • The speaker of the House of Representatives, or his designee. 
  • The president of the Senate, or his designee. 
  • The chairman of the House Committee on Education, or his designee. 
  • The chairman of the Senate Committee on Education, or his designee. 
  • The state superintendent of education, or his designee. 
  • The president of the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, or his designee. 
  • One local school superintendent, appointed by the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents. 
  • Three members of public school boards appointed by the Louisiana School Boards Association
  • One classroom teacher appointed by the Louisiana Federation of Teachers. 
  • One classroom teacher appointed by the Louisiana Association of Educators. 
  • One classroom teacher appointed by the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana. 
  • Three parents of children in public elementary or secondary schools appointed by the Louisiana Parent Teacher Association. 
  • One member with expertise in the Open Meetings Law appointed by the attorney general. 

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

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