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A+PEL Report

Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

Committee and Board Meeting Notes

JANUARY 18, 19, & 20, 2005

This report represents highlights of the committee and board meetings. A comprehensive report of all action taken by BESE in January 2005 can be found on the web site for the Louisiana Department of Education – www.louisianaschools.net

8(g)

Accountability & Assessment Committee

Finance/Audit Review Committee

Legislative Policy Oversight Committee

High School Redesign

Quality Educators Committee

Strategic Planning Committee

Student & School Standards/Instruction Committee

Advisory Council

The Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education met in regular session on January 20, 2005, in the Louisiana Purchase Room, located in the Claiborne Building in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  The meeting was called to order at 9:10 a.m. by Board President Glenny Lee Buquet and opened with a prayer by Senator Sharon Weston Broome.

 

Board members present were: Mr. Dale Bayard, Ms. Polly Broussard, Ms. Glenny Lee Buquet, Mr. Edgar Chase, Ms. Penny Dastugue, Ms. Louella Givens, Ms. Linda M. Johnson, Mr. Walter Lee, Dr. James Stafford, and Ms. Mary A. Washington.

 

Our students’ reading scores have improved; and, though flat for now, our Department is working overtime to build capacity in this state to gain momentum once again.

 

Glenny Lee Buquet: “Our students’ math scores have risen; and, most importantly, we are narrowing the gaps between poor and minority children and white children.

 

In fact, in 4th grade reading, according to NAEP results, Louisiana reduced the performance gap in the state by half!  The window for reform may be narrowing; we feel it is a moral imperative to close the achievement gap.

 

It is also imperative for the health of our democracy if we want to ensure that we do not become a society of “haves” and “have nots”; and it is an economic imperative for our state and for our nation.  New research on best practices, the evolution of a more robust data system, long-term scientific studies of what works and what does not work in the classroom, brain research based on better and better imaging techniques, and a growing

consensus on the importance of high standards makes the possibility of educating all children to high levels of achievement a true possibility.

 

The Superintendent praised Dr. Robin Jarvis and her staff, and notably Dr. Scott Norton, for helping Louisiana garner a No. 2 national ranking in Education Week, the magazine for standards and accountability.

 

Louisiana ranked No. 2 in the country, and maintained a score of 98 in accountability, only because New York scored a perfect 100!

 

To commemorate Louisiana’s successes, Superintendent Picard presented Board members with tote bags and a copy of the 2005 Quality Counts report by Education Week.

 

 

 

8(g) Committee

Block Grant Program..........................…….............................$15,700,000

 

Focus Areas:

Projects will offer balanced, developmentally appropriate instruction and comprehensive

learning opportunities in the following areas:

1.      Prekindergarten programs for at-risk four-year-olds (first priority for public school systems);

2.      Remediation for students in grades K-12 unsuccessful or at risk of being unsuccessful on high stakes testing and/or unable to keep up with their peers.

 

Statewide Programs............................…................................$13,574,029

 

         1.         LINCS (LDE)            

2.         LaSIP/LINCS Professional Development (LaSIP)         $1,800,000 

3.         Louisiana Principal Induction (LDE)                               $500,000

4.      National Teacher Certification (LDE)         $250,000

5.         Louisiana First (LDE)         $600,000

6.      Local Teacher Quality (LDE)         $400,000

7.      PreK-12 State Reading Plan (LDE)         $3,100,000

8.         Louisiana Virtual School (LDE)         $900,000

9.      Mini Grant Awards of Excellence (BESE)         $1,569,584

10.    School Improvement/Scholastic Audit (LDE)         $175,000

11.    High School Reform Initiative (LDE)         $939,445

12.    Reading Competencies Assessment (LDE)         $350,000

13.    LEAP for the 21st Century (LDE)         $900,000

14.    Superior Textbooks (LDE)         $100,000

15.         Enhancement of the LA Instructional Material Ctr. (LSVI)         $200,000

16.    Foreign Language Model (LDE)         $140,000

17.               Academic/Voc. Enhancement of BESE Schools (LSD, LSVI, LSEC, SSD1)

           

Accountability and Assessment Committee

On motion of Ms. Johnson, seconded by Ms. Dastugue, the Board deferred until February 2005 “Consideration of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System’s Reconstitution Plan for Prescott Middle School” and directed the Department to meet with the East Baton Rouge Parish School System to discuss concerns, review the research, and think through the grade configurations and the rationale for recommending those grade configurations.

 

On motion of Ms. Johnson, seconded by Ms. Dastugue, the Board approved an online diagnostic test that will provide student performance information at the grade-level expectations, benchmarks, and content standards levels.

 

On motion of Ms. Johnson, seconded by Ms. Dastugue, the Board received the report on “Consideration of information regarding how other states define graduate and diploma for purposes of calculating the Cohort Graduation Rate” and referred this item to the Student and School Standards/Instruction Committee.

 

On motion of Ms. Johnson, seconded by Ms. Dastugue, the Board deferred on “Consideration of the Orleans Parish Public School System’s District Improvement Plan as required by Act 193” to allow additional time for the Department to review the financial services portion of the plan, and to allow Orleans to review the Department’s specific recommendations on the plan and make revisions.  Further, the Board directed that in February 2005, the Department make recommendations regarding the process to be used and whether outside assistance is necessary for review and approval of the Orleans Parish Public School System’s District Improvement Plan.  Approval of the plan will be considered at a special meeting in March 2005.

 

On motion of Ms. Johnson, seconded by Ms. Dastugue, the Board approved as a Notice of Intent and referred to the Parish Superintendents’ Advisory Council revisions to the following sections of Bulletin 111, the Louisiana School, District, and State Accountability System, as amended and presented by the Department:

 

§301.  School Performance Score Goal,

§501.  Formulas Relating Student Standard Scores to NRT Index (K-8),

§517.  Inclusion of Students,

§519.  Inclusion of Schools,

§901.  Growth Labels for 2003,

§1301.  Reward Eligibility,

§1401.  Levels of Academic Assistance,

§1403.  Entry into Academic Assistance,

§1405.  Movement in Academic Assistance,

§1407.  Exit from Academic Assistance,

§1501.  Levels of School Improvement,

§1503.  Entry into School Improvement,

§1505.  Exit from School Improvement,

§1701.  School Improvement Requirements,

§1703.  School Improvement 2 Requirements (SI 2),

§1704.  School Improvement 3 Requirements,

§1705.  School Improvement 4 Requirements,

§1706.  School Improvement 5 Requirements,

§1707.  School Improvement 6 Requirements,

§1901.  District Level Tasks,

§1903.  District Support at Levels 3-6,

§2101.  State Support at Each Level,

§2301.  Schools Requiring Reconstitution/Alternate Governance Plans,

§3107.  General Guidelines:  Local Board of Education-Level Requests,

§3109.  Criteria for Appeal,

§3111.  Criteria for Waiver, and

§3905.  Inclusion of Alternate Assessment Results.

 

On motion of Ms. Johnson, seconded by Ms. Dastugue, the Board allowed that selection preference be given to siblings of those students currently enrolled at Capdau School who currently live within the attendance zone.

 

On motion of Ms. Johnson, seconded by Ms. Dastugue, the Board approved the request from the Board of Directors of the New Beginnings Schools Foundation, Inc., to increase enrollment from 340 to 392 for Capdau School for the 2005-2006 school session; this would add 52 eighth grade students to the number of students approved in the original application for 2005-2006.

 

On motion of Ms. Johnson, seconded by Ms. Dastugue, the Board received the report on “Consideration of the appropriate assessment and NCLB waiver approval for those students formerly classified as LAA-B students.

 

Finance/Audit Review Committee

Allocation:                  Title II – Improving Teacher Quality State Grants

Amount:                      $617,713

Funding Period:             07/01/04 – 09/30/05 

Funds:                        Federal

 

Purpose:  This program combines the Eisenhower Professional Development State Grants and Class-Size Reduction programs into one program that focuses on preparing, training, and recruiting highly-qualified teachers.  This allocation is to fund the existing Type 2 Charter Schools for FY 2004-2005 according to final student information.

Basis of Allocation:  Eligible recipients first receive the amount they received in FY 2001-2002 for the Eisenhower Professional State Grants and Class-Size Reduction programs.  The remaining funds over and above the FY 2001-2002 base funding is allocated based 20% on SIS enrollment as of October 1, 2002, and 80% based on the same formula child count of individuals age 5-17 from families with income below the poverty line as provided by the Secretary of USDOE for the computation of Title I allocations.

 

On motion of Dr. Stafford, seconded by Mr. Lee, the Board approved the following grant:

Allocation:                  National Board Certified Teachers

Amount:                      $205,000

Funding Period:             07/01/04 – 06/30/05 

Funds:                        State

Purpose:  To provide an annual salary supplement for teachers who achieve National Board Certification and continue service in the Louisiana public school system.  This allocation provides for payments to public school systems employing National Board certified teachers during the 2004-2005 school year.

Basis of Allocation:  R.S. 17:421.69 provides for a salary supplement of $5,000 to be paid annually to full-time teachers or school administrators holding a valid Louisiana teaching certificate and a valid certificate issued by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. 

Allocation:                  8(g) Local Teacher Quality Block Grant

Amount:                      $4,343

Funding Period:             07/01/04 – 06/30/05 

Funds:                        IAT

 

Purpose:  The 8(g) Local Teacher Quality Block Grant program provides funds to eligible public and non-public schools and systems to address the funding priorities that are established by BESE.  These priorities are:  1) increase the number of certified teachers; 2) increase the number of teachers that meet the NCLB requirements as highly qualified; 3) provide professional development through a cohort; and 4) increase the number of school/teacher leaders.

Basis of Allocation:  Avoyelles Public Charter and six nonpublic school systems, did not submit the required application to receive the 8(g) LTQ funds.  Three eligible schools, The Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired, Parkview Baptist School, and Baton Rouge Lutheran School, that did not submit the “Intent to Participate” forms within the required timelines requested to participate in this program for FY 2004-2005.  Funds will be allocated on the previously approved per teacher basis to these programs.

Classroom Technology

Allocation:                              Educational Technology State Grant – Competitive

Amount:                      $172,928

Funding Period:             07/01/04 – 09/30/05 

Funds:                        Federal

Purpose:  The purpose of this grant is to support the integration of educational technology into classrooms to improve teaching and learning.  Funds will serve to enhance ongoing efforts to improve teaching and learning through the use of technology.

Basis of Allocation:  Funds are awarded on a competitive basis, reviewed by out-of-state reviewers, and approved by the State Technology Advisory Committee.  To receive funds, LEAs must:  (1) meet the federally-mandated eligibility requirements relative to high need LEAs and (2) develop a process and accountability measures that will be used to evaluate the extent to which activities funded under the program are effective in integrating technology into curricula and instruction; increasing the ability of teachers to teach; and enabling students to meet challenging State Standards, including technology literacy.

 

School Accountability and Improvement

Allocation:                              K-12 Accountability Rewards

Amount:                      $4,669,291

Funding Period:             01/01/05 – 06/30/05 

Funds:                        State

 

Purpose:  The State School Rewards Fund is allocated to those schools that meet or surpass their Growth Target or that have shown growth in the performance of students who are classified as high poverty students.  School personnel shall decide how the monetary awards shall be spent; however, monetary rewards will not be used for salaries or stipends.

 

Basis of Allocation:  Schools that attained Exemplary Academic Growth (EAG) received a per pupil allocation of $15.28, with a minimum school allocation of $4,000.  Schools that attained Recognized Academic Growth (RAG) received a per pupil allocation of $10.19, with a minimum school allocation of $2,000.

 

On motion of Dr. Stafford, seconded by Mr. Lee, the Board approved transferring to the Strategic Planning Study Group agenda, Agenda Item V.A.2., “Consideration of establishing a standing item regarding school systems that are financially at-risk due to low fund balances, serious audit findings, or failure to respond to state or federal financial mandates.”

 

High School Redesign Committee

On motion of Ms. Johnson, seconded by Mr. Bayard, the Board received the report on the locally-developed and industry-based skills certificates, by district, to include types of certificates available, number of certificates awarded, and the value of the certificates received.

 

On motion of Ms. Johnson, seconded by Mr. Bayard, the Board deferred until February 2005 on the consideration of a report on district and/or high school remediation efforts for students who enter high school with 8th grade LEAP scores of Approaching Basic or below.

 

Legislative/Policy Oversight Committee  

On motion of Mr. Bayard, seconded by Mr. Lee, the Board received and referred to the Parish Superintendents’ Advisory Council the following draft written reports that are required by Act or Resolution from the 2004 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature:

 

1)        HB 763/Act No. 778 – Calculate cost savings to local school boards relative to changes in sick and sabbatical leave legislation;

2)        House Concurrent Resolution No. 77 – Study cost issues relative to NCLB;

3)        House Concurrent Resolution No. 330 – Study alternate diplomas for students;

4)        House Concurrent Resolution No. 365 – Compile information relative to teacher absences

 

On motion of Mr. Bayard, seconded by Mr. Lee, the Board approved the concept of proposed 2005 legislation relative to rehabilitation of school systems in financial crisis.  The Board supports the intent of the State Legislative Auditor and would like to include financial materiality language.

 

On motion of Mr. Bayard, seconded by Mr. Lee, the Board approved the concept of proposed 2005 legislation relative to allowing recovery school district charter schools to participate in the LA 4 Program and including all charter schools in the proposal.

 

10-G-4       On motion of Mr. Bayard, seconded by Mr. Lee, the Board approved the concept of proposed 2005 legislation relative to amending Teach Louisiana First legislation, as needed, to facilitate implementation of the program.

 

 

 

 

 

Quality Educators Committee

On motion of Mr. Lee, seconded by Ms. Dastugue, the Board directed the Department, including the Communications Division, to identify and develop strategies that will better inform new teachers of the information and tools available on the Department’s website and better equip all teachers with knowledge and skills to more effectively use the tools and materials available on the website, and that in February 2005 the Department provide the Board with suggestions.

 

On motion of Mr. Lee, seconded by Ms. Dastugue, the Board approved as a Notice of Intent for Bulletin 746, Louisiana Standards for State Certification of School Personnel, the Department’s recommendation of establishing an effective date of July 1, 2006, for the following PRAXIS exams and scores:

 

                             Test                                                          Passing Score

a.    #0245 Chemistry: Content Knowledge           151

b.    #0265 Physics: Content Knowledge           141

c.    #0181 German: Content Knowledge           151

d.    #1010 School Leaders Licensure Assessment       168.

 

On motion of Mr. Lee, seconded by Ms. Dastugue, the Board received the report on adding librarians to the list of school personnel who are able to request an ancillary certificate, referred this item to the Parish Superintendents’ Advisory Council, and retained this item on the agenda.

 

On motion of Mr. Lee, seconded by Ms. Dastugue, the Board approved as a Notice of Intent to Bulletin 746, Louisiana Standards for State Certificate of School Personnel, the Department’s recommendation to change the effective date for Special Education Mild/Moderate PRAXIS Examinations #0353 and #0542 from June 1, 2004, to January 1, 2005.

 

On motion of Mr. Lee, seconded by Ms. Dastugue, the Board deferred until February 2005 on “Consideration of a report from the Louisiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education on the implementation of the of the state’s new reading competencies.”

 

Strategic Planning Study Group           

On motion of Ms. Washington, seconded by Ms. Givens, the Board:

 

a.        received information on a proposed statewide salary schedule;

b.        supported Option 2:  Salary Schedule Using the Same Relationship as in RS 17:421.3;

c.         requested information on “pay for performance” items that are data driven;

d.        included a percentage increase for a Plus 30; and

e.        retained this item on the agenda.

 

On motion of Ms. Washington, seconded by Ms. Givens, the Board directed the Department to make recommendations for a process to establish a new statewide salary schedule that is inclusive of all stakeholders.

 

On motion of Ms. Washington, seconded by Ms. Givens, the Board received the update report on the School Finance Templates to analyze the financial status and staffing patterns of local school systems.

 

On motion of Ms. Washington, seconded by Ms. Givens, the Board:

 

a.      approved the Financial Risk Assessment process presented by the Department;

b.      approved the top 12 districts identified as most at risk for inclusion in a School Finance Dialogue;

c.      directed the Department to provide a timeframe and procedures for initiating discussions

 

On motion of Ms. Washington, seconded by Ms. Givens, the Board received the District Dialogue Follow-up Reports for the parishes of Beauregard, Jackson, Red River, St. John the Baptist, and Tensas.

 

Student and School Standards/Instruction Committee

1 On motion of Ms. Dastugue, seconded by Ms. Johnson, the Board received the report on locally-initiated electives approved by school districts.

 

10-J-2        On motion of Ms. Dastugue, seconded by Ms. Johnson, the Board approved the following requests for Bulletin 741 waivers:

 

·        St. James to not be cited on the 2004-2005 Annual School Report for employing Anastasia Bourgeois, a certified elementary teacher, as an academic instructor in the Pre-GED/Skills Option Program; and

·        St. Tammany Parish waiver of Standard 1.009.16, to adopt a school calendar for the 2005-2006 school year, which would provide the required instructional time of 176 days (175 days for PK-8 students) and eliminate one of the emergency days, leaving it with a calendar consisting of 181 days.

 

Advisory Council Appointments                   

On motion of Ms. Johnson, seconded by Mr. Lee, the Board approved the appointment of Superintendent Mike Coburn to the Parish Superintendents’ Advisory Council upon the recommendation of Ms. Linda Johnson.  Superintendent Coburn replaces Superintendent Daisy Slan.
A+PEL Report

Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

Committee and Board Meeting Notes

JANUARY 18, 19, & 20, 2005

This report represents highlights of the committee and board meetings. A comprehensive report of all action taken by BESE in January 2005 can be found on the web site for the Louisiana Department of Education – www.louisianaschools.net

8(g)

Accountability & Assessment Committee

Finance/Audit Review Committee

Legislative Policy Oversight Committee

High School Redesign

Quality Educators Committee

Strategic Planning Committee

Student & School Standards/Instruction Committee

Advisory Council

The Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education met in regular session on January 20, 2005, in the Louisiana Purchase Room, located in the Claiborne Building in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  The meeting was called to order at 9:10 a.m. by Board President Glenny Lee Buquet and opened with a prayer by Senator Sharon Weston Broome.

 

Board members present were: Mr. Dale Bayard, Ms. Polly Broussard, Ms. Glenny Lee Buquet, Mr. Edgar Chase, Ms. Penny Dastugue, Ms. Louella Givens, Ms. Linda M. Johnson, Mr. Walter Lee, Dr. James Stafford, and Ms. Mary A. Washington.

 

Our students’ reading scores have improved; and, though flat for now, our Department is working overtime to build capacity in this state to gain momentum once again.

 

Glenny Lee Buquet: “Our students’ math scores have risen; and, most importantly, we are narrowing the gaps between poor and minority children and white children.

 

In fact, in 4th grade reading, according to NAEP results, Louisiana reduced the performance gap in the state by half!  The window for reform may be narrowing; we feel it is a moral imperative to close the achievement gap.

 

It is also imperative for the health of our democracy if we want to ensure that we do not become a society of “haves” and “have nots”; and it is an economic imperative for our state and for our nation.  New research on best practices, the evolution of a more robust data system, long-term scientific studies of what works and what does not work in the classroom, brain research based on better and better imaging techniques, and a growing

consensus on the importance of high standards makes the possibility of educating all children to high levels of achievement a true possibility.

 

The Superintendent praised Dr. Robin Jarvis and her staff, and notably Dr. Scott Norton, for helping Louisiana garner a No. 2 national ranking in Education Week, the magazine for standards and accountability.

 

Louisiana ranked No. 2 in the country, and maintained a score of 98 in accountability, only because New York scored a perfect 100!

 

To commemorate Louisiana’s successes, Superintendent Picard presented Board members with tote bags and a copy of the 2005 Quality Counts report by Education Week.

 

 

 

8(g) Committee

Block Grant Program..........................…….............................$15,700,000

 

Focus Areas:

Projects will offer balanced, developmentally appropriate instruction and comprehensive

learning opportunities in the following areas:

1.      Prekindergarten programs for at-risk four-year-olds (first priority for public school systems);

2.      Remediation for students in grades K-12 unsuccessful or at risk of being unsuccessful on high stakes testing and/or unable to keep up with their peers.

 

Statewide Programs............................…................................$13,574,029

 

         1.         LINCS (LDE)            

2.         LaSIP/LINCS Professional Development (LaSIP)         $1,800,000 

3.         Louisiana Principal Induction (LDE)                               $500,000

4.      National Teacher Certification (LDE)         $250,000

5.         Louisiana First (LDE)         $600,000

6.      Local Teacher Quality (LDE)         $400,000

7.      PreK-12 State Reading Plan (LDE)         $3,100,000

8.         Louisiana Virtual School (LDE)         $900,000

9.      Mini Grant Awards of Excellence (BESE)         $1,569,584

10.    School Improvement/Scholastic Audit (LDE)         $175,000

11.    High School Reform Initiative (LDE)         $939,445

12.    Reading Competencies Assessment (LDE)         $350,000

13.    LEAP for the 21st Century (LDE)         $900,000

14.    Superior Textbooks (LDE)         $100,000

15.         Enhancement of the LA Instructional Material Ctr. (LSVI)         $200,000

16.    Foreign Language Model (LDE)         $140,000

17.               Academic/Voc. Enhancement of BESE Schools (LSD, LSVI, LSEC, SSD1)

           

Accountability and Assessment Committee

On motion of Ms. Johnson, seconded by Ms. Dastugue, the Board deferred until February 2005 “Consideration of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System’s Reconstitution Plan for Prescott Middle School” and directed the Department to meet with the East Baton Rouge Parish School System to discuss concerns, review the research, and think through the grade configurations and the rationale for recommending those grade configurations.

 

On motion of Ms. Johnson, seconded by Ms. Dastugue, the Board approved an online diagnostic test that will provide student performance information at the grade-level expectations, benchmarks, and content standards levels.

 

On motion of Ms. Johnson, seconded by Ms. Dastugue, the Board received the report on “Consideration of information regarding how other states define graduate and diploma for purposes of calculating the Cohort Graduation Rate” and referred this item to the Student and School Standards/Instruction Committee.

 

On motion of Ms. Johnson, seconded by Ms. Dastugue, the Board deferred on “Consideration of the Orleans Parish Public School System’s District Improvement Plan as required by Act 193” to allow additional time for the Department to review the financial services portion of the plan, and to allow Orleans to review the Department’s specific recommendations on the plan and make revisions.  Further, the Board directed that in February 2005, the Department make recommendations regarding the process to be used and whether outside assistance is necessary for review and approval of the Orleans Parish Public School System’s District Improvement Plan.  Approval of the plan will be considered at a special meeting in March 2005.

 

On motion of Ms. Johnson, seconded by Ms. Dastugue, the Board approved as a Notice of Intent and referred to the Parish Superintendents’ Advisory Council revisions to the following sections of Bulletin 111, the Louisiana School, District, and State Accountability System, as amended and presented by the Department:

 

§301.  School Performance Score Goal,

§501.  Formulas Relating Student Standard Scores to NRT Index (K-8),

§517.  Inclusion of Students,

§519.  Inclusion of Schools,

§901.  Growth Labels for 2003,

§1301.  Reward Eligibility,

§1401.  Levels of Academic Assistance,

§1403.  Entry into Academic Assistance,

§1405.  Movement in Academic Assistance,

§1407.  Exit from Academic Assistance,

§1501.  Levels of School Improvement,

§1503.  Entry into School Improvement,

§1505.  Exit from School Improvement,

§1701.  School Improvement Requirements,

§1703.  School Improvement 2 Requirements (SI 2),

§1704.  School Improvement 3 Requirements,

§1705.  School Improvement 4 Requirements,

§1706.  School Improvement 5 Requirements,

§1707.  School Improvement 6 Requirements,

§1901.  District Level Tasks,

§1903.  District Support at Levels 3-6,

§2101.  State Support at Each Level,

§2301.  Schools Requiring Reconstitution/Alternate Governance Plans,

§3107.  General Guidelines:  Local Board of Education-Level Requests,

§3109.  Criteria for Appeal,

§3111.  Criteria for Waiver, and

§3905.  Inclusion of Alternate Assessment Results.

 

On motion of Ms. Johnson, seconded by Ms. Dastugue, the Board allowed that selection preference be given to siblings of those students currently enrolled at Capdau School who currently live within the attendance zone.

 

On motion of Ms. Johnson, seconded by Ms. Dastugue, the Board approved the request from the Board of Directors of the New Beginnings Schools Foundation, Inc., to increase enrollment from 340 to 392 for Capdau School for the 2005-2006 school session; this would add 52 eighth grade students to the number of students approved in the original application for 2005-2006.

 

On motion of Ms. Johnson, seconded by Ms. Dastugue, the Board received the report on “Consideration of the appropriate assessment and NCLB waiver approval for those students formerly classified as LAA-B students.

 

Finance/Audit Review Committee

Allocation:                  Title II – Improving Teacher Quality State Grants

Amount:                      $617,713

Funding Period:             07/01/04 – 09/30/05 

Funds:                        Federal

 

Purpose:  This program combines the Eisenhower Professional Development State Grants and Class-Size Reduction programs into one program that focuses on preparing, training, and recruiting highly-qualified teachers.  This allocation is to fund the existing Type 2 Charter Schools for FY 2004-2005 according to final student information.

Basis of Allocation:  Eligible recipients first receive the amount they received in FY 2001-2002 for the Eisenhower Professional State Grants and Class-Size Reduction programs.  The remaining funds over and above the FY 2001-2002 base funding is allocated based 20% on SIS enrollment as of October 1, 2002, and 80% based on the same formula child count of individuals age 5-17 from families with income below the poverty line as provided by the Secretary of USDOE for the computation of Title I allocations.

 

On motion of Dr. Stafford, seconded by Mr. Lee, the Board approved the following grant:

Allocation:                  National Board Certified Teachers

Amount:                      $205,000

Funding Period:             07/01/04 – 06/30/05 

Funds:                        State

Purpose:  To provide an annual salary supplement for teachers who achieve National Board Certification and continue service in the Louisiana public school system.  This allocation provides for payments to public school systems employing National Board certified teachers during the 2004-2005 school year.

Basis of Allocation:  R.S. 17:421.69 provides for a salary supplement of $5,000 to be paid annually to full-time teachers or school administrators holding a valid Louisiana teaching certificate and a valid certificate issued by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. 

Allocation:                  8(g) Local Teacher Quality Block Grant

Amount:                      $4,343

Funding Period:             07/01/04 – 06/30/05 

Funds:                        IAT

 

Purpose:  The 8(g) Local Teacher Quality Block Grant program provides funds to eligible public and non-public schools and systems to address the funding priorities that are established by BESE.  These priorities are:  1) increase the number of certified teachers; 2) increase the number of teachers that meet the NCLB requirements as highly qualified; 3) provide professional development through a cohort; and 4) increase the number of school/teacher leaders.

Basis of Allocation:  Avoyelles Public Charter and six nonpublic school systems, did not submit the required application to receive the 8(g) LTQ funds.  Three eligible schools, The Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired, Parkview Baptist School, and Baton Rouge Lutheran School, that did not submit the “Intent to Participate” forms within the required timelines requested to participate in this program for FY 2004-2005.  Funds will be allocated on the previously approved per teacher basis to these programs.

Classroom Technology

Allocation:                              Educational Technology State Grant – Competitive

Amount:                      $172,928

Funding Period:             07/01/04 – 09/30/05 

Funds:                        Federal

Purpose:  The purpose of this grant is to support the integration of educational technology into classrooms to improve teaching and learning.  Funds will serve to enhance ongoing efforts to improve teaching and learning through the use of technology.

Basis of Allocation:  Funds are awarded on a competitive basis, reviewed by out-of-state reviewers, and approved by the State Technology Advisory Committee.  To receive funds, LEAs must:  (1) meet the federally-mandated eligibility requirements relative to high need LEAs and (2) develop a process and accountability measures that will be used to evaluate the extent to which activities funded under the program are effective in integrating technology into curricula and instruction; increasing the ability of teachers to teach; and enabling students to meet challenging State Standards, including technology literacy.

 

School Accountability and Improvement

Allocation:                              K-12 Accountability Rewards

Amount:                      $4,669,291

Funding Period:             01/01/05 – 06/30/05 

Funds:                        State

 

Purpose:  The State School Rewards Fund is allocated to those schools that meet or surpass their Growth Target or that have shown growth in the performance of students who are classified as high poverty students.  School personnel shall decide how the monetary awards shall be spent; however, monetary rewards will not be used for salaries or stipends.

 

Basis of Allocation:  Schools that attained Exemplary Academic Growth (EAG) received a per pupil allocation of $15.28, with a minimum school allocation of $4,000.  Schools that attained Recognized Academic Growth (RAG) received a per pupil allocation of $10.19, with a minimum school allocation of $2,000.

 

On motion of Dr. Stafford, seconded by Mr. Lee, the Board approved transferring to the Strategic Planning Study Group agenda, Agenda Item V.A.2., “Consideration of establishing a standing item regarding school systems that are financially at-risk due to low fund balances, serious audit findings, or failure to respond to state or federal financial mandates.”

 

High School Redesign Committee

On motion of Ms. Johnson, seconded by Mr. Bayard, the Board received the report on the locally-developed and industry-based skills certificates, by district, to include types of certificates available, number of certificates awarded, and the value of the certificates received.

 

On motion of Ms. Johnson, seconded by Mr. Bayard, the Board deferred until February 2005 on the consideration of a report on district and/or high school remediation efforts for students who enter high school with 8th grade LEAP scores of Approaching Basic or below.

 

Legislative/Policy Oversight Committee  

On motion of Mr. Bayard, seconded by Mr. Lee, the Board received and referred to the Parish Superintendents’ Advisory Council the following draft written reports that are required by Act or Resolution from the 2004 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature:

 

1)        HB 763/Act No. 778 – Calculate cost savings to local school boards relative to changes in sick and sabbatical leave legislation;

2)        House Concurrent Resolution No. 77 – Study cost issues relative to NCLB;

3)        House Concurrent Resolution No. 330 – Study alternate diplomas for students;

4)        House Concurrent Resolution No. 365 – Compile information relative to teacher absences

 

On motion of Mr. Bayard, seconded by Mr. Lee, the Board approved the concept of proposed 2005 legislation relative to rehabilitation of school systems in financial crisis.  The Board supports the intent of the State Legislative Auditor and would like to include financial materiality language.

 

On motion of Mr. Bayard, seconded by Mr. Lee, the Board approved the concept of proposed 2005 legislation relative to allowing recovery school district charter schools to participate in the LA 4 Program and including all charter schools in the proposal.

 

10-G-4       On motion of Mr. Bayard, seconded by Mr. Lee, the Board approved the concept of proposed 2005 legislation relative to amending Teach Louisiana First legislation, as needed, to facilitate implementation of the program.

 

 

 

 

 

Quality Educators Committee

On motion of Mr. Lee, seconded by Ms. Dastugue, the Board directed the Department, including the Communications Division, to identify and develop strategies that will better inform new teachers of the information and tools available on the Department’s website and better equip all teachers with knowledge and skills to more effectively use the tools and materials available on the website, and that in February 2005 the Department provide the Board with suggestions.

 

On motion of Mr. Lee, seconded by Ms. Dastugue, the Board approved as a Notice of Intent for Bulletin 746, Louisiana Standards for State Certification of School Personnel, the Department’s recommendation of establishing an effective date of July 1, 2006, for the following PRAXIS exams and scores:

 

                             Test                                                          Passing Score

a.    #0245 Chemistry: Content Knowledge           151

b.    #0265 Physics: Content Knowledge           141

c.    #0181 German: Content Knowledge           151

d.    #1010 School Leaders Licensure Assessment       168.

 

On motion of Mr. Lee, seconded by Ms. Dastugue, the Board received the report on adding librarians to the list of school personnel who are able to request an ancillary certificate, referred this item to the Parish Superintendents’ Advisory Council, and retained this item on the agenda.

 

On motion of Mr. Lee, seconded by Ms. Dastugue, the Board approved as a Notice of Intent to Bulletin 746, Louisiana Standards for State Certificate of School Personnel, the Department’s recommendation to change the effective date for Special Education Mild/Moderate PRAXIS Examinations #0353 and #0542 from June 1, 2004, to January 1, 2005.

 

On motion of Mr. Lee, seconded by Ms. Dastugue, the Board deferred until February 2005 on “Consideration of a report from the Louisiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education on the implementation of the of the state’s new reading competencies.”

 

Strategic Planning Study Group           

On motion of Ms. Washington, seconded by Ms. Givens, the Board:

 

a.        received information on a proposed statewide salary schedule;

b.        supported Option 2:  Salary Schedule Using the Same Relationship as in RS 17:421.3;

c.         requested information on “pay for performance” items that are data driven;

d.        included a percentage increase for a Plus 30; and

e.        retained this item on the agenda.

 

On motion of Ms. Washington, seconded by Ms. Givens, the Board directed the Department to make recommendations for a process to establish a new statewide salary schedule that is inclusive of all stakeholders.

 

On motion of Ms. Washington, seconded by Ms. Givens, the Board received the update report on the School Finance Templates to analyze the financial status and staffing patterns of local school systems.

 

On motion of Ms. Washington, seconded by Ms. Givens, the Board:

 

a.      approved the Financial Risk Assessment process presented by the Department;

b.      approved the top 12 districts identified as most at risk for inclusion in a School Finance Dialogue;

c.      directed the Department to provide a timeframe and procedures for initiating discussions

 

On motion of Ms. Washington, seconded by Ms. Givens, the Board received the District Dialogue Follow-up Reports for the parishes of Beauregard, Jackson, Red River, St. John the Baptist, and Tensas.

 

Student and School Standards/Instruction Committee

1 On motion of Ms. Dastugue, seconded by Ms. Johnson, the Board received the report on locally-initiated electives approved by school districts.

 

10-J-2        On motion of Ms. Dastugue, seconded by Ms. Johnson, the Board approved the following requests for Bulletin 741 waivers:

 

·        St. James to not be cited on the 2004-2005 Annual School Report for employing Anastasia Bourgeois, a certified elementary teacher, as an academic instructor in the Pre-GED/Skills Option Program; and

·        St. Tammany Parish waiver of Standard 1.009.16, to adopt a school calendar for the 2005-2006 school year, which would provide the required instructional time of 176 days (175 days for PK-8 students) and eliminate one of the emergency days, leaving it with a calendar consisting of 181 days.

 

Advisory Council Appointments                   

On motion of Ms. Johnson, seconded by Mr. Lee, the Board approved the appointment of Superintendent Mike Coburn to the Parish Superintendents’ Advisory Council upon the recommendation of Ms. Linda Johnson.  Superintendent Coburn replaces Superintendent Daisy Slan.

RADIX INSTITUTE

Name of organization:  Radix Institute

Address:                       3212 Monte Vista, N.E.
                                     Albuquerque,. N.M. 87106-2120

Phone:                           1-888-77-RADIX (777-2349)

E-mail:                         Radix General Inquiries: 
information@radix.org
                                     Training Program Inquiries: training@radix.org

Web site URL:             
http://www.radix.org

Description:                
Radix is founded upon the work of psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich M.D. It
was developed by Charles Kelley, PhD, who established a well-grounded
training program which incorporated Reich's principles of bodywork, enhanced by eyework developed from the Bates Method of vision improvement.  Dr. Kelley chose the word "Radix" from the Latin work meaning "root" or "source," referring to that force which underlies all movement, feeling and growth in a person and in life.

The goals of Radix work are to help people become more fully alive and
more authentic. RADIX is applied differently to clients according to their
individual needs, and yet common themes underlie the work such as mind/body integration, grounding, centering, creating effective and flexible
boundaries, developing the ability to contain feelings, ego strengthening,
pulsation, charging, discharging, intimacy, pleasure, choice, and awareness.

There are a variety of methods used within the work to address these
themes, including movement, visualization and intentional touch.  Yet a
trained pactitioner can effect change and growth during a verbal interchange when his or her interventions are guided by an understanding of the Radix process in the individual.

The Radix Institute is a nonprofit organization that trains and certifies
people to do Radix work. The Institute also provides continuing education
and other professional services for Certified Radix Practitioners.  The
Institute is managed by an 11-member Circle of Management which is a
democratically organized governing structure.  The Radix Institute is
nurtured by a vigorous, warm, diversified, and ever-creative community of
gifted trainers and practitioners.

Radix work is practiced internationally.  Generally, the Radix Institute
certifies practitioners to teach in the United States and Canada.  There is also a training center in Australia, and many practitioners in Europe.  For a complete listing of practitioners who are currently members of the Radix Institute, please visit the Radix website at
http://www.radix.org

The Radix Institute is an Institutional Member of USABP

Sandra Bullock is one of today’s most sought-after actresses, as well as one of Hollywood’s most breakthrough new producers. She is as well known for her comedic timing and hilarious physical humor as she is for her classic grace and beauty, not to mention her compelling emotional acting.

Sandra’s distinctive, German-American heritage and upbringing helped to cultivate her talents as a child. Sandra’s mother, Helga, was a German opera singer, and her father, John, was a military man and Julliard-trained vocal coach from Alabama. The first ten years of Sandra’s life were spent in Nuremberg and Salzburg, sometimes singing in the children’s choir onstage with her mother in the most beautiful German opera houses. She spoke German at home with her aunt, grandmother, and rocket-scientist grandfather, and studied English with a tutor.

Upon her family’s move to the Arlington, Virginia, however, Sandra says she felt like a fish out of water: "I was not accepted here. I was noticeably different. I was awkward. I was in the wrong clothes and wore my hair the wrong way. I would get beat up constantly at school, and come home with my hair a mess, crying. I was so angry at my mother because she didn’t know what to do." After her childhood in Germany, Sandra found it hard to adapt to American culture, and her American classmates were not accepting of her differences. However, unlike many young women who would have tried to conform to their peers, Sandra did not lose her sense of self or her background. "Those years were heartbreaking, but I’m so thankful for them now. It gave me the empathetic view of humanity. I learned to see what was valuable in myself and in other people."

It was this inner strength that gave Sandra the courage to move to New York on her own after college to begin her acting career. She waited tables and did odd jobs, hoping for her big break, which finally came as the lead role in an Off-Broadway play. Soon after, she made a TV Movie, "The Bionic Showdown," which gave Sandra her SAG card and the tools she needed to make it big in Hollywood movies. After a small role in the Stallone vehicle, "Demolition Man," Sandra starred opposite Keanu Reeves in the action film, "Speed." A star was born.

Sandra’s difficult, awkward youth in Virginia has helped her to develop complicated, unglamorous characters in many of her films, such as "The Net," "While You Were Sleeping," "Two Weeks’ Notice" and "Miss Congeniality." As clumsy these characters may be, however, they always shine with success and beauty by the film’s end, much mirroring Sandra’s own life. Although she is less-known for her dramatic roles, she is unforgettable as the angelic nurse in "In Love and War," who brought tears to everyone’s eyes, and she is currently working on a dramatic film about Truman Capote. Sandra’s production company, Fortis, is producing the film, and Sandra herself is playing Capote’s close friend, the great American author, Harper Lee.

Currently, Sandra lives in Austin, Texas, about which she is quoted as saying, "Unlike most of Texas, it’s liberal and thinking. Everyone’s allowed to play there: Republicans, Democrats, black, white, gay, straight. That’s really important to me. Also, more and more there’s such a German influx there. If having kids is in my future, Austin is where I would want them to be raised."

Sandra has been in the press recently not just for her acting and producing efforts, but also for giving one million dollars to the tsunami-relief efforts in Asia. Her kindness has always been legendary among the Hollywood set.

Sandra Bullock is proud to be a successful German-American, and is an inspiration to many. By embracing her heritage, Sandra Bullock has become one of the most unique, popular actresses worldwide.

Geriatric Care Managers
&
Professional Liability Insurance

Geriatric Care Management...
A Profession on the Rise

Geriatric Care Management is a rising new profession.  Many care managers have questions about their insurance needs.  This brochure is intended to provide useful information to individual care managers and their insurance agents when determining how to best provide coverage for this important practice area.

Geriatric care manager specialize in assisting older people and their families in coping with the challenges of aging.  Geriatric care managers have skills in a variety of areas and are often working with clients in their own homes, in hospitals, or in assisted living or long term care facilities.  Many care managers have college degrees in Social Work or Nursing.  Others have undergraduate and graduate degrees in human resource fields, such as gerontology, counseling, psychology, sociology, or mental health.  The duties of care managers vary widely and are often defined by the needs of the clients, the availability of other avenues of support, and the skills of the care manager.

Why Professional Liability Insurance?

Professional liability insurance covers errors and omissions that may occur within a professional's scope of practice and is highly recommended for all care managers.  This type of insurance will cover the potential defense and judgements for unintentional oversights, mistakes, or omissions made within the stated and covered scope of practice.  Thus, it is imperative that every care manager define their scope of practice explicitly and be sure that all areas are acknowledged as covered by the insurance company.

NOTE:  This type of insurance coverage will NOT  cover physical harm to clients or property or intentional theft or fraud committed by the care manager.

Other types of insurance are also recommended and should be considered by geriatric care managers, including:  general liability insurance, key person insurance, health, life, and disability insurance, worker's compensation, and unemployment insurance, etc.

If a care manager is independently working or a sole practitioner, it is extremely important to obtain professional liability insurance coverage.  If a care manager is employed by a care management company or in another organized health care system, he or she may be covered under the agency's policy.  It is imperative that professionals in the field know that appropriate coverage is in place to address any errors or omissions that may occur.

The practice settings, the scope of practice, and the types of clients all contribute to the exposure of those working within this profession.  Because the profession is relatively new and small in number, and the duties and background of care managers are quite varied, it is often difficult to obtain appropriate insurance coverage for all aspects of a care management practice.  This brochure is intended to provide checklists for individual care managers to provide to their insurance agents to assure appropriate coverage for the scope of practice being performed.  It is recommended that minimum insurance coverage of $1,000,000 per occurrence and $3,000,000 aggregate be maintained by each geriatric care manager. 

Please be aware that the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers does not serve as an insurance agent and is not versed in matters of individual business insurance issues.  Please contact your insurance agent to obtain information pertaining to your practice. 

Avenues to check for Professional Liabilty Insurance include:

National Association of Social Workers at 800-638-8799 or 202-408-8600

American Nurses' Association at 800-274-4262 or 202-651-7001

HPSO at www.hpso.com

Your Local Insurance Agent

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Q. Does the ICS have its own Code of Ethics?

The ICS does not have its own formally adopted Code of Ethics. However, the Society recommends that all chiropractic physicians familiarize themselves with Medical Practice Act, Section 22, which spells out those actions that are grounds for discipline. Section 1885.240 of the Rules for the Administration of the Medical Practice Act further defines standards of conducts for persons licensed under the Act. You may also wish to refer to the ACA for a standing set of ethical standards for the profession.

TCASE is bringing together some of the most reputable Texas school law attorneys to shed light on complex and ever-changing special education laws.

This one-day workshop is designed for superintendents, principals, special education administrators, 504 coordinators, teachers, diagnosticians, ESC personnel, attorneys, counselors, school psychologists and anyone else who needs to keep informed of special education law changes.

Attendees can pick and choose from sessions to meet their individual needs.

Don't miss this incredible opportunity to get up to speed fast on these hot issues!

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