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La. officials discuss future of state-run schools

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Posted: Sep 14, 2010 3:19 PM
Updated: Sep 14, 2010 3:22 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: education, board, louisiana, school, recovery, district, wbrz, pastorek

State law allows public schools taken over by the state because of poor performance to be returned to local school board control after five years. But state officials haven't decided how and when to do that.

State Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek outlined his proposal Tuesday for the future governance of nearly 70 New Orleans schools that are run by the state's Recovery School District.

Pastorek doesn't want any schools transferred to local control until the 2012-13 year - and even then, the schools would have to meet certain performance benchmarks before such a move.

Pastorek presented his recommendations to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, which will vote on the proposal in December.

It's a controversial issue in New Orleans, where many groups are pushing for a return to local school board control of schools.

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