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Louisiana Believes plan unveiled

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Posted: Jun 18, 2012 11:35 PM by Ashley Rodrigue
Updated: Jun 18, 2012 11:35 PM
Source: WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE- Teachers make the rules in Louisiana now.

It's part of sweeping changes to education that start in the Fall. It's called Louisiana Believes and it was announced Monday night.

The state says the idea is to allow teachers to create, not just comply and educators are welcoming it.

The changes include letting teachers set their own curriculum and pace, as well as pick the textbooks they want to go with those lesson plans.

Teachers will also be given incentives for pushing students academically, instead of fearing accountability punishment for a child not catching on to challenging concepts.

These are all ideas spawned from state-wide meetings with educators.

Teachers' associations say this plan asks educators to take on the work of others, and they worry how that will boil down to the new evaluations to come.

State Superintendent John White will take these details directly to school boards next to make sure they understand how everything will play out in their districts.

The meeting for boards in the Baton Rouge area is scheduled for August.

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