Union-backed school board candidates who oppose school choice initiatives, teacher evaluations, heightened curriculum standards, the abolition of tenure and other policy changes could face strong opposition this fall. All eight of the elected seats on the 11 member Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) are open to primary challenges.
Jeffrey Sadow reflects on the initiatives of Paul Pastorek: He leaves “the state’s elementary and secondary education system better off and with promise that necessary reforms may continue under his successor.”
After 13 hours of stormy debate, Recovery School District schools may now petition for a new governing authority or a return to their previous governing authority.
A report by the Associated Press highlights increasing salaries within the Louisiana Department of Education. Between 2007 and 2009, the payroll has increased by 21%, while the number of employees has decreased. State Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek argues that the increase is needed to get the “best human capital.” Pastorek, who earns a $430,000…