La. school board pushes ahead with teacher training revamp
BATON ROUGE - By a one-vote margin, members of Louisiana's state school board have agreed to redesign the state's teacher training requirements, over the opposition of Gov. John Bel Edwards.
The changes, pushed by Superintendent of Education John White, will require aspiring teachers to get more intense training and mentoring, including a one-year apprenticeship.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted 6-5 for the redesign Tuesday, with Edwards' three appointees to the board in opposition.
Opponents, including education unions and traditional public school groups, say the redesign is moving too fast and worry schools won't have enough money to pay for it. They sought continued pilot programs.
Supporters say the changes will better prepare teachers for the classroom and help retain teachers who, if unprepared, can get overwhelmed and leave the profession.
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