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New way for La. to approve public funding

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BATON ROUGE - Top education leaders have developed a new plan to speed up the way Louisiana approves public funding for private schools.

Private schools use public funding to cover the cost of textbooks, transportation and food.

In order to be eligible for the funding, private schools must be approved by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and a private accreditation institution. BESE is proposing to make it easier by out some of the paperwork.

Under the new plan private schools will win an automatic, five-year state approval by BESE if they already maintain and annual accreditation.

"We're not burdening educators with dozens of paperwork assignments that take them away from educating," said Louisiana State Superintendent of Schools John White. "We're streamlining the process and focusing on the things that matter in the classroom."

Schools without any kind of accredidation will have to fill out a new online survey each year about their school educators and their academic standards.

The education board meets next week to vote on the new process.

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