BESE Rulemaking Docket


 

Updated 1/13/21 |  Pursuant to Title 49, §974 as enacted under Act 401 of the 2014 Regular Legislative Session, BESE maintains the Rulemaking Docket to provide the public with certain information concerning proposed rules and policy revisions approved by the Board. All materials will remain available to users for a minimum of one year following the date of Notice of Intent (NOI) publication.

Further information on BESE’s policymaking authority, the rulemaking process, and regulations in place are available here and through the state Administrative Procedure Act at R.S. 49:950 et seq.

A guide to using the Rulemaking Docket is available here.

 

EMERGENCY RULES  |  YEARLY ACTION REPORTS

 


 

NOTICES OF INTENT

December 2020

Bulletin 111, The Louisiana School, District, and State Accountability System
Many sections

CURRENT POLICY
  |  PROPOSED CHANGE

Date approved by BESE as NOI  Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
12/16/20 01/13/21 - - - - - - 04/20/21
 Deadline for public comments
or hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE | 225-342-3600
02/09/21 - - - - - -

Description:
Proposed revisions to Bulletin 111 include:
  • A skip-year formula to calculate the progress index for 2021 school performance scores without LEAP 2025 scores from the 2019-2020 school year; 
  • A one-year provision for identification of Comprehensive Intervention Required (CIR) and Urgent Intervention Required (UIR) labels due to the cancellation of spring assessments and accountability results for the 2019-2020 school year;
  • Adjusted timelines to allow flexibility in the event of a future pandemic or natural disaster; 
  • Language alignment for statewide assessment and corresponding achievement levels that transition from End-of-Course tests to LEAP 2025 high school and from LAA1 to LEAP Connect; 
  • Clarification for the inclusion of English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) scores at pair/share sites;
  • Alternative school accountability; and
  • Office of Juvenile Justice accountability to align with alternative school accountability and overlapping measures.

Public Comments:
Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on the public comments deadline date posted above, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


Bulletin 118, Statewide Assessment Standards and Practices
Many sections

CURRENT POLICY
  |  PROPOSED CHANGE

Date approved by BESE as NOI  Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
12/16/20 - - - - - - - - - -
 Deadline for public comments
or hearing requests
 Date of public hearing
(if any)
Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
(if any) 
For policy inquiries contact:
Ryan Gremillion, LDE | 225-342-3600
- - - - - - - -

Description:
Proposed revisions to Bulletin 118 include:
    • Adjust timelines to allow for flexibility in the event of a future pandemic or natural disaster;
    • Update assessments that are included in statewide administrations and the corresponding achievement levels to transition from End-of-Course (EOC) tests to LEAP 2025 high school and from LAA1 to LEAP Connect;
    • Align accommodations to new assessments;
    • Eliminate language related to LEAP grade 4 and 8 summer retests; and
    • Simplify requirements for promotion of students in fourth and eighth grades.

    Public Comments:
    Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on the public comments deadline date posted above, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


    Bulletin 126, Charter Schools
    Section 4101

    CURRENT POLICY
      |  PROPOSED CHANGE

    Date approved by BESE as NOI  Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
    Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
    12/16/20 01/13/21 - - - - - - 04/20/21
     Deadline for public comments
    or hearing requests
     Date of public hearing
    (if any)
    Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    For policy inquiries contact:
    Ryan Gremillion, LDE | 225-342-3600
    02/09/21 - - - - - -

    Description:
    The proposed revisions enable Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to continue to implement, for the duration of Executive Proclamation 168 JBE 2020, the current policy regarding Phase 3 minimum requirements, pertaining to the reopening school facilities for the 2020-2021 school year.

    Note: BESE adopted this policy revision as an emergency rule, effective November 25, 2020.

    Public Comments:
    Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on the public comments deadline date posted above, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


    Bulletin 135, Health and Safety
    Sections 501, 503, and 507

    CURRENT POLICY
      |  PROPOSED CHANGE

    Date approved by BESE as NOI  Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
    Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
    12/16/20 01/13/21 - - - - - - 04/20/21
     Deadline for public comments
    or hearing requests
     Date of public hearing
    (if any)
    Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    For policy inquiries contact:
    Ryan Gremillion, LDE | 225-342-3600
    02/09/21 - - - - - -

    Description: 
    Act 259 of the 2020 Regular Legislative Session requires each school that participates in interscholastic athletics to follow best practices for all activities that do not occur in a climate-controlled facility. The guidelines shall follow the modified guidelines of the American College on Sports Medicine and the National Athletic Trainers' Association surrounding heat acclimatization and wet bulb globe treatment policies. Further, Act 259 provides that these policies shall occur on school campuses during summer conditioning, pre-season practices or games, fall or spring sports, and when a coach is present.

    The proposed revisions align Bulletin 135 with the Act 259 (2020) requirements.

    Public Comments:
    Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on the public comments deadline date posted above, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


    Bulletin 139, Louisiana Child Care and Development Fund Programs
    Section 707

    CURRENT POLICY
      |  PROPOSED CHANGE

    Date approved by BESE as NOI  Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
    Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
    12/16/20 01/13/21 - - - - - - 04/20/21
     Deadline for public comments
    or hearing requests
     Date of public hearing
    (if any)
    Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    For policy inquiries contact:
    Ryan Gremillion, LDE | 225-342-3600
    02/09/21 - - - - - -

    Description:
    Current policy establishes that in order to be eligible for the School Readiness Tax Credit (SRTC), early learning center directors and staff members must verify having worked at the same early learning center for at least six months in the calendar year and for an average of at least 30 hours per week, unless otherwise approved by the LDE.

    Many early learning centers in Louisiana experienced lengthy interruptions in operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, thus limiting access to the SRTC for center directors and staff during the 2020 calendar year. In response, the proposed revisions approved by BESE adjust the minimum work requirements for 2020 Tax Year SRTC eligibility. Specifically, for the 2020 calendar year only, a center director or staff member shall only have to verify having worked at the same early learning center for at least 300 hours in order to meet the SRTC work requirement.

    Note: BESE adopted this policy revision as an emergency rule, effective December 16, 2020.


    Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on the public comments deadline date posted above, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


    Bulletin 140, Louisiana Early Childhood Care and Education Network
    Section 503

    CURRENT POLICY
      |  PROPOSED CHANGE

    Date approved by BESE as NOI  Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
    Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
    12/16/20 01/13/21 - - - - - - 04/20/21
     Deadline for public comments
    or hearing requests
     Date of public hearing
    (if any)
    Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    For policy inquiries contact:
    Ryan Gremillion, LDE | 225-342-3600
    02/09/21 - - - - - -

    Description: 
    Current policy requires all infant, toddler, and pre-K classrooms in a publicly funded site to receive two CLASS® observations conducted by the community network during a school year. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the proposed revisions would require, for the 2020-2021 school year only, all infant, toddler, and pre-k classrooms in a publicly-funded site to receive one CLASS® observation conducted by the community network during the school year. Any infant, toddler, and/or pre-K classroom that is scored 4.49 or lower after third party replacement (if applicable) shall then be observed a second time by the community network.

    Note: BESE adopted this policy revision as an emergency rule, effective December 16, 2020.


    Public Comments:
    Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on the public comments deadline date posted above, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


    Bulletin 741, Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators
    Section 401

    CURRENT POLICY
      |  PROPOSED CHANGE

    Date approved by BESE as NOI  Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
    Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
    12/16/20 01/13/21 - - - - - - 04/20/21
     Deadline for public comments
    or hearing requests
     Date of public hearing
    (if any)
    Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    For policy inquiries contact:
    Ryan Gremillion, LDE | 225-342-3600
    02/09/21 - - - - - -

    Description: 
    The proposed revisions enable Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to continue to implement, for the duration of Executive Proclamation 168 JBE 2020, the current policy regarding Phase 3 minimum requirements, pertaining to the reopening school facilities for the 2020-2021 school year.

    Note: BESE adopted this policy revision as an emergency rule, effective November 25, 2020.


    Public Comments:
    Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on the public comments deadline date posted above, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


    Bulletin 741 (Nonpublic), Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators
    Section 1105

    CURRENT POLICY
      |  PROPOSED CHANGE

    Date approved by BESE as NOI  Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
    Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
    12/16/20 01/13/21 - - - - - - 04/20/21
     Deadline for public comments
    or hearing requests
     Date of public hearing
    (if any)
    Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    For policy inquiries contact:
    Ryan Gremillion, LDE | 225-342-3600
    02/09/21 - - - - - -

    Description: 
    The proposed revisions enable Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to continue to implement, for the duration of Executive Proclamation 168 JBE 2020, the current policy regarding Phase 3 minimum requirements, pertaining to the reopening school facilities for the 2020-2021 school year.

    Note: BESE adopted this policy revision as an emergency rule, effective November 25, 2020.


    Public Comments:
    Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on the public comments deadline date posted above, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


    Bulletin 746, Louisiana Standards for State Certification of School Personnel
    Section 203

    CURRENT POLICY
      |  PROPOSED CHANGE

    Date approved by BESE as NOI  Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
    Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
    12/16/20 01/13/21 - - - - - - 04/20/21
     Deadline for public comments
    or hearing requests
     Date of public hearing
    (if any)
    Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    For policy inquiries contact:
    Ryan Gremillion, LDE | 225-342-3600
    02/09/21 - - - - - -

    Description: 
    Current policy does not permit the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) to consider performance on PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators: 5712, 5722, and/or 5732 if the tests were taken after July 31, 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous educators registered for those exams prior to the July 31, 2020, phase out date, but were unable to schedule the exam until after July 31, 2020.

    The proposed revisions to Bulletin 746 extend the effective date of the PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators: 5712, 5722, and 5732 exams to December 31, 2020. This revision would allow the LDE to consider, for purposes of initial certification, performance on the PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators: 5712, 5722, and/or 5732 for those educators who registered for and achieved a passing score by December 31, 2020.

    Note: BESE adopted this policy revision as an emergency rule, effective December 16, 2020.


    Public Comments:
    Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on the public comments deadline date posted above, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


    Bulletin 1903, Regulations and Guidelines for Education of Dyslexic Students
    Repeal and reestablish entire bulletin

    CURRENT POLICY
      |  PROPOSED CHANGE

    Date approved by BESE as NOI  Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
    Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
    12/16/20 - - - - - - - - - -
     Deadline for public comments
    or hearing requests
     Date of public hearing
    (if any)
    Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    For policy inquiries contact:
    Ryan Gremillion, LDE | 225-342-3600
    - - - - - - - -

    Description:
    Beginning in August 2020, the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) convened a working group to review Bulletin 1903 in order to make recommendations for revisions to be considered by BESE. Proposed policy revisions repeal existing policy and re-establish Bulletin 1903 in accordance with Act 206 of the 2020 Regular Legislative Session and R.S. 17:7.

    Consistent with the recommendations of the Bulletin 1903 Workgroup, the LDE drafted policy in a revised Bulletin 1903 that was then vetted through advisory councils. The revisions were endorsed by the Dyslexia Workgroup and the Early Literacy Commission, as well as being presented to the Special Education Advisory Council and Superintendents' Advisory Council. The concluding document does the following:
    • Rename the bulletin in a manner consistent with other bulletins;
    • Align the definition of dyslexia with recently enacted legislation;
    • Update the characteristics of dyslexia to reflect current research and grade level appropriateness;
    • Improve program criteria regulations to reflect current best practices; and
    • Format and organize the policy in a sequential format with a clear focus on identifying and providing support to students at risk for dyslexia.
    Public Comments: Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on the public comments deadline date posted above, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.




    October 2020

    Bulletin 119, Louisiana School Transportation Specifications and Procedures
    Many sections

    CURRENT POLICY
      |  PROPOSED CHANGE

    Date approved by BESE as NOI  Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
    Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
    10/14/20 - - - - - - - - - -
     Deadline for public comments
    or hearing requests
     Date of public hearing
    (if any)
    Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    For policy inquiries contact:
    Ryan Gremillion, LDE | 225-342-3600
    - - - - - - - -

    Description:
    In 2007, BESE consolidated four transportation-related bulletins into Bulletin 119. Though this shift streamlined state transportation policy, many non-regulatory references, including those related to vehicle specifications and operational procedures, remain in Bulletin 119. In order to further streamline state transportation policy, BESE approved additional revisions to Bulletin 119. The proposed revisions maintain current statutory and regulatory transportation requirements, while eliminating language that is non-regulatory in nature, including, but not limited to, vehicle specifications and operational procedures. Such non-regulatory issues will be included in supplemental guidance documents published on the LDE website.

    Public Comments:
    Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on the public comments deadline date posted above, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


    Bulletin 126, Charter Schools
    Section 2801

    CURRENT POLICY
      |  PROPOSED CHANGE

    Date approved by BESE as NOI  Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
    Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
    10/14/20 - - - - - - - - - -
     Deadline for public comments
    or hearing requests
     Date of public hearing
    (if any)
    Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    For policy inquiries contact:
    Ryan Gremillion, LDE | 225-342-3600
    - - - - - - - -

    Description:
    Bulletin 126 outlines transportation requirements for BESE-authorized charter schools. BESE approved revisions to Bulletin 126 to align current charter school transportation policy with Bulletin 119, Louisiana School Transportation Specifications and Procedures.

    Public Comments:
    Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on the public comments deadline date posted above, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


    Bulletin 130, Regulations for the Evaluation and Assessment of School Personnel
    Sections 105, 301, and 305

    CURRENT POLICY
      |  PROPOSED CHANGE

    Date approved by BESE as NOI  Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
    Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
    10/14/20 12/10/20 12/20/20 01/11/21 - - 03/20/21
     Deadline for public comments
    or hearing requests
     Date of public hearing
    (if any)
    Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    For policy inquiries contact:
    Ryan Gremillion, LDE | 225-342-3600
    01/09/21 - - - - - -

    Description:
    Current policy requires that 50 percent of the personnel evaluation for teachers and administrators be based on a qualitative measure of teacher and administrator performance shall include a minimum of two observations or site visits. The proposed revision would require, for the 2020-2021 academic year only, the 50 percent of the evaluation that is based on a qualitative measure of teacher and administrator performance include one announced observation for teachers and administrators. However, any teacher or administrator who earns an observation rating of Ineffective or Effective: Emerging shall be observed a second time.

    Current policy requires one learning target for administrators to be based on overall school performance improvement in the current school year, as measured by the school performance score, and one learning target to be based on growth in a component (e.g., ELA or math improvement) of the school performance score. The proposed revision, for the 2020-2021 academic year only, will allow learning targets for administrators to be based upon the school performance score or by formative assessment data.


    Public Comments:
    Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on the public comments deadline date posted above, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


    Bulletin 131, Alternative Education Schools/Programs Standards
    Section 2101

    CURRENT POLICY
      |  PROPOSED CHANGE

    Date approved by BESE as NOI  Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
    Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
    10/14/20 12/10/20 12/20/20 01/11/21 - - 03/20/21
     Deadline for public comments
    or hearing requests
     Date of public hearing
    (if any)
    Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    For policy inquiries contact:
    Ryan Gremillion, LDE | 225-342-3600
    01/09/21 - - - - - -

    Description:
    Bulletin 131 requires the LDE to submit to BESE by October of each year, a report on alternative education schools and programs in Louisiana. The report has been deferred for the past two years' October submission due to required data that is not available by the October deadline. Data for the prior school year, such as school performance scores (SPS) and student discipline data (e.g., exit outcomes, dropout counts, etc.), are not traditionally finalized until the end of November.  In order to facilitate timely and accurate submission of required annual reports, BESE approved a policy revision that changes the submission date from an October submission to an annual January submission. The 2019-2020 Alternative Schools and Programs Annual Report will be presented for BESE consideration at the January 2021 Academic Goals and Instructional Improvement Committee meeting.


    Public Comments:
    Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on the public comments deadline date posted above, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.



    August 2020

    Bulletin 741, Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators
    Section 2317

    REVISED POLICY

    Date approved by BESE as NOI  Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
    Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
    08/12/20 09/09/20 09/20/20 10/12/20 12/20/20 12/20/20
     Deadline for public comments
    or hearing requests
     Date of public hearing
    (if any)
    Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    For policy inquiries contact:
    Ryan Gremillion, LDE | 225-342-3600
    10/09/20 None - - - -

    Description:
    Bulletin 741 stipulates that beginning with freshmen entering high school in the 2013-2014 school year and beyond, local education agencies (LEAs) may award a Community Service Diploma Endorsement to students completing a minimum number of documented and approved community service hours prior to graduation. Current policy requires students pursuing the endorsement to complete a total of 80 community service hours as follows:
    • 10 hours in ninth grade,
    • 20 hours in tenth grade,
    • 25 hours in eleventh grade, and
    • 25 hours in twelfth grade.

    Data suggests that several factors inhibit a student from participation in community service activities until after the freshmen year, thus making the student ineligible for the endorsement under current policy. In response, the proposed revisions repeal the grade-level community service hour requirements and instead require that a student pursuing a Community Service Diploma Endorsement earn 80 hours of approved community service hours prior to graduation, as appropriate and reasonable.


    Public Comments:
    Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on the public comments deadline date posted above, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.



    July 2020

    Bulletin 741, Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators
    Sections 401, 403, 405, and 3703

    REVISED POLICY

    Date approved by BESE as NOI  Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
    Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
    07/14/20 09/09/20 09/20/20 10/16/20 12/20/20 12/20/20
     Deadline for public comments
    or hearing requests
     Date of public hearing
    (if any)
    Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    For policy inquiries contact:
    Ryan Gremillion, LDE | 225-342-3600
    10/09/20 None - - - -

    Description:
    On June 30, 2020, the Louisiana Legislature passed House Bill 59 of the 2020 First Extraordinary Session. The bill was signed into law by Governor John Bel Edwards on July 7, 2020, and became Act 9. Act 9 requires the BESE to adopt, no later than July 15, 2020, emergency rules informed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to provide minimum standards, policies, medical exceptions, and regulations to govern the reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year.

    In response to Act 9, the Board approved revisions to Bulletin 741, Bulletin 741 (Nonpublic), and Bulletin 126, Charter Schools. In light of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the proposed policy shifts provide minimum health and safety standards, ensuring the protection of students, faculty, staff, and others on school property to the maximum extent possible and practical, for reopening school facilities for the 2020-2021 school year.


    Note: BESE adopted this policy revision as an emergency rule, effective July 14, 2020.


    Public Comments:
    Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on the public comments deadline date posted above, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


    Bulletin 741 (Nonpublic), Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators
    Sections 1105, 1107, 1109, and 3303

    REVISED POLICY

    Date approved by BESE as NOI  Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
    Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
    07/14/20 09/09/20 09/20/20 10/12/20 12/20/20 12/20/20
     Deadline for public comments
    or hearing requests
     Date of public hearing
    (if any)
    Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    For policy inquiries contact:
    Ryan Gremillion, LDE | 225-342-3600
    10/09/20 None - - - -

    Description:
    On June 30, 2020, the Louisiana Legislature passed House Bill 59 of the 2020 First Extraordinary Session. The bill was signed into law by Governor John Bel Edwards on July 7, 2020, and became Act 9. Act 9 requires the BESE to adopt, no later than July 15, 2020, emergency rules informed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to provide minimum standards, policies, medical exceptions, and regulations to govern the reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year.

    In response to Act 9, the Board approved revisions to Bulletin 741, Bulletin 741 (Nonpublic), and Bulletin 126, Charter Schools. In light of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the proposed policy shifts provide minimum health and safety standards, ensuring the protection of students, faculty, staff, and others on school property to the maximum extent possible and practical, for reopening school facilities for the 2020-2021 school year.


    Note: BESE adopted this policy revision as an emergency rule, effective July 14, 2020.


    Public Comments:
    Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on the public comments deadline date posted above, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


    Bulletin 126, Charter Schools
    Sections 103, 4101, 4103, and 4105

    REVISED POLICY

    Date approved by BESE as NOI  Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
    Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
    07/14/20 09/09/20 09/20/20 10/12/20 12/20/20 12/20/20
     Deadline for public comments
    or hearing requests
     Date of public hearing
    (if any)
    Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    For policy inquiries contact:
    Ryan Gremillion, LDE | 225-342-3600
    10/09/20 None - - - -

    Description:
    On June 30, 2020, the Louisiana Legislature passed House Bill 59 of the 2020 First Extraordinary Session. The bill was signed into law by Governor John Bel Edwards on July 7, 2020, and became Act 9. Act 9 requires the BESE to adopt, no later than July 15, 2020, emergency rules informed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to provide minimum standards, policies, medical exceptions, and regulations to govern the reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year.

    In response to Act 9, the Board approved revisions to Bulletin 741, Bulletin 741 (Nonpublic), and Bulletin 126, Charter Schools. In light of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the proposed policy shifts provide minimum health and safety standards, ensuring the protection of students, faculty, staff, and others on school property to the maximum extent possible and practical, for reopening school facilities for the 2020-2021 school year.


    Note: BESE adopted this policy revision as an emergency rule, effective July 14, 2020.


    Public Comments:
    Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on the public comments deadline date posted above, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.




    June 2020

    Bulletin 111, The Louisiana School, District, and State Accountability System
    Sections 301, 801, and 803

    REVISED POLICY

    Date approved by BESE as NOI  Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
    Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
    06/16/20 07/10/20 07/20/20 08/10/20 10/20/20 10/20/20
     Deadline for public comments
    or hearing requests
     Date of public hearing
    (if any)
    Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    For policy inquiries contact:
    Ryan Gremillion, LDE | 225-342-3600
    08/09/20 None - - - -

    Description:
    The Louisiana plan regarding the Every Student Succeeds Act includes an Interests and Opportunities indicator, which was operational for the 2019-2020 school year and comprised 5 percent of the School Performance Score. The purpose of the Interests and Opportunities index is to measure the degree to which schools are providing students with access to a well-rounded education by offering diverse areas of learning in order to develop skills and talents. Over the last three years, the LDE has engaged stakeholders to solicit feedback on the creation and development of the new indicator and, through the process, determined the necessity of establishing a baseline.

    In order to gather additional data, during the 2020-2021 school year, the Interests and Opportunities indicator will continue to be based on the following:
    • Principal completion of an online survey (grades K-12); and
    • Course enrollment in physical education, visual arts, performing arts, and world languages (grades K-8)

    The continuation of the Interests and Opportunities policy, as outlined, was unanimously endorsed by the Accountability Commission on June 1, 2020.

    Proposed revisions to §301. School Performance Score Goal, extends the "hold harmless" policy. If the Interests and Opportunities score results in a lower SPS, the Interests and Opportunities score will be omitted in the SPS accountability calculation for the 2020-2021 school year.


    Public Comments:
    Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on the public comments deadline date posted above, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


    Bulletin 118, Statewide Assessment STandards and Practices
    Section 6829

    REVISED POLICY

    Date approved by BESE as NOI  Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
    Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
    06/16/20 07/10/20 07/20/20 08/10/20 10/20/20 10/20/20
     Deadline for public comments
    or hearing requests
     Date of public hearing
    (if any)
    Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    For policy inquiries contact:
    Ryan Gremillion, LDE | 225-342-3600
    08/09/20 None - - - -

    Description: 
    The proposed revision removes the requirement that Louisiana public and/or scholarship school students, who earned a high school assessment-eligible course credit in the spring of the 2019-2020 school year, must take the LEAP 2025 high school assessment that corresponds to course credits earned in the spring of 2020. During this time, the LEAP 2025 high school assessment was not available to students due to school closures attributed to governmental response to the worldwide pandemic of COVID-19.

    Note: BESE adopted this policy revision as an emergency rule, effective June 16, 2020.


    Public Comments:
    Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on the public comments deadline date posted above, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


    Bulletin 139, Louisiana Child Care and Development Fund Programs
    Section 509

    REVISED POLICY

    Date approved by BESE as NOI  Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
    Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
    06/16/20 07/10/20 07/20/20 08/10/20 10/20/20 10/20/20
     Deadline for public comments
    or hearing requests
     Date of public hearing
    (if any)
    Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    For policy inquiries contact:
    Ryan Gremillion, LDE | 225-342-3600
    08/09/20 None - - - -

    Description:
    Bulletin 139 requires the head of a Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) household to meet specific training or employment activity requirements in order to be eligible for CCAP funding. However, the recent COVID-19 pandemic and governmental response to the state and national public health crisis has resulted in unprecedented unemployment rates across the United States. The current Louisiana unemployment rate is recorded at approximately 14 percent. As a result, many CCAP families are unable to meet the training and/or employment requirements contained in Bulletin 139. In response, BESE approved revisions to Bulletin 139, which would create a limited exception, allowing families to qualify for the CCAP while seeking employment or enrolling in school. Louisiana would be the twenty-first state to provide such a limited exception for the purpose of determining CCAP eligibility. The proposed revisions were endorsed by the Early Childhood Care and Education Advisory Council on June 4, 2020.


    Public Comments:
    Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on the public comments deadline date posted above, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


    Bulletin 746, Louisiana Standards for State Certification of School Personnel
    Many sections

    REVISED POLICY

    Date approved by BESE as NOI  Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
    Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
    06/16/20 07/10/20 07/20/20 08/10/20 10/20/20 10/20/20
     Deadline for public comments
    or hearing requests
     Date of public hearing
    (if any)
    Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    For policy inquiries contact:
    Ryan Gremillion, LDE | 225-342-3600
    08/09/20 None - - - -

    Description:
    Proposed revisions to Bulletin 746 align BESE policy with state and federal regulations, and to clarify or amend requirements that are either outdated or inconsistent. The proposed updates were developed based upon stakeholder consultation with, and feedback from, the Louisiana State Association of School Personnel Administrators (LSASPA) and the Louisiana Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (LACTE).


    Public Comments:
    Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on the public comments deadline date posted above, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.



    March 2020

    Bulletin 138, Jump Start Program
    Section 201

    REVISED POLICY

    Date approved by BESE as NOI  Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
    Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
    03/11/20 05/08/20 05/20/20 06/10/20 08/20/20 08/20/20
     Deadline for public comments
    or hearing requests
     Date of public hearing
    (if any)
    Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    For policy inquiries contact:
    Ryan Gremillion, LDE | 225-342-3600
    05/09/20 None - - - -

    Description:
    Regional teams for Jump Start programs must be aligned with the federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.

    Public Comments:
    Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on the public comments deadline date posted above, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


    Bulletin 741, Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators
    Sections 345 and 2319

    REVISED POLICY

    Date approved by BESE as NOI  Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
    Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
    03/11/20 05/08/20 05/20/20 06/10/20 08/20/20 08/20/20
     Deadline for public comments
    or hearing requests
     Date of public hearing
    (if any)
    Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    For policy inquiries contact:
    Ryan Gremillion, LDE | 225-342-3600
    05/09/20 None - - - -

    Description: 
    Jump Start 1.0 course sequences will be available for incoming freshmen through 2020-2021; Jump Start 2.0 course sequences will be available for incoming freshmen beginning in 2020-2021 and beyond; and a Jump Start 2.0 Career Diploma CTE hardship waiver process for eligible students is established.

    Public Comments:
    Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on the public comments deadline date posted above, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


    Bulletin 741, Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators
    Sections 901 and 2324

    REVISED POLICY

    Date approved by BESE as NOI  Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
    Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
    03/11/20 05/08/20 05/20/20 06/10/20 08/20/20 08/20/20
     Deadline for public comments
    or hearing requests
     Date of public hearing
    (if any)
    Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    For policy inquiries contact:
    Ryan Gremillion, LDE | 225-342-3600
    05/09/20 None - - - -

    Description:
    The proposed revisions to Bulletin 741 are in regard to diploma integrity. The proposed revisions to credit recovery requirements and scheduling requirements provide clarity and establish best-practices for valid course recognition.

    Public Comments:
    Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on the public comments deadline date posted above, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.


    Bulletin 741 (Nonpublic), Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators
    Sections 2102, 2109, 2319, and 2320

    REVISED POLICY

    Date approved by BESE as NOI  Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
    Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
    03/11/20 05/08/20 05/20/20 06/10/20 08/20/20 08/20/20
     Deadline for public comments
    or hearing requests
     Date of public hearing
    (if any)
    Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    For policy inquiries contact:
    Ryan Gremillion, LDE | 225-342-3600
    05/09/20 None - - - -

    Description:
    In January 2018, the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) established a task force to complete a comprehensive review of Bulletin 741 (Nonpublic), Louisiana Handbook for Nonpublic School Administrators. Participants included a selection of Nonpublic School Council (NPSC) members, a BESE member, and nominees from various nonpublic schools. Revisions were presented to BESE in August and October 2018. At the January 2020 NPSC meeting, council members requested additional revisions to Bulletin 741 (Nonpublic) that would decouple health education from physical education for purposes of satisfying high school graduation requirements. The proposed policy shift would afford nonpublic administrators increased flexibility in the awarding of Carnegie credit to students enrolled in nonpublic schools.
     
    Public Comments:
    Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on the public comments deadline date posted above, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.




    January 2020

    Bulletin 126, Charter Schools
    Sections 1505 and 3709

    REVISED POLICY

    Date approved by BESE as NOI  Date NOI submitted to Louisiana Register  Date NOI published in Louisiana Register
    Date of Summary Report submission   Date rule published in Louisiana Register  Date rule becomes effective (projected)
    01/29/20 03/09/20 03/20/20 04/09/20 06/20/20 06/20/20
     Deadline for public comments
    or hearing requests
     Date of public hearing
    (if any)
    Date of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    Report of Legislative Oversight Hearing
    (if any) 
    For policy inquiries contact:
    Ryan Gremillion, LDE | 225-342-3600
    04/09/20 None - - - -

    Description:
    The proposed revisions to Bulletin 126 include:


    Clarification of Renewal Standards
    Inclusion of a clause in §1505 to clarify renewal criteria for schools being considered for renewal. The current policy states that in the event that a school does not meet renewal criteria and when closing the school would likely require many students to attend lower-performing schools, the State Superintendent of Education can recommend that BESE renew the school charter contract. The additional clause ensures that the State Superintendent of Education considers student performance data and/or student growth data of neighboring and comparable schools when making the recommendation.

    Virtual Charter School Attendance
    The establishment of §3709. Virtual Charter School Attendance, outlines student attendance policy requirements for state-authorized virtual charter schools, in accordance with Act 398 of the 2019 Regular Legislative Session.


    Public Comments:
    Interested persons may submit written comments via the U.S. Mail until 4:30 p.m. on the public comments deadline date posted above, to Shan N. Davis, Executive Director, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064.

     

     

     
    EMERGENCY RULES

    Pursuant to Title 49, §953.B.(1), "if an agency finds that an imminent peril to the public health, safety, or welfare requires adoption of a rule upon shorter notice than that provided in Subsection A of this Section and within five days of adoption states in writing to the governor of the state of Louisiana, the attorney general of Louisiana, the speaker of the House of Representatives, the president of the Senate, and the Department of the State Register, its reasons for that finding, it may proceed without prior notice or hearing or upon any abbreviated notice and hearing that it finds practicable, to adopt an emergency rule."
     
     
    Original Rule   Effective Date Date published in Louisiana Register  Number of Days in Effect 
    Bulletin 139 - Louisiana Child Care and Development Fund Programs - Section 707 (Board action: 12/16/20)

    12/16/20 - - 120 days
    Bulletin 140 - Louisiana early Childhood Care and Education network - Section 503 (Board action: 12/16/20)

    12/16/20 - - 120 days
    Bulletin 746 - Louisiana Standards for State Certification of School Personnel - Section 203 (Board action: 12/16/20)

    12/16/20 - - 120 days
    Bulletin 741 - Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators - Section 401 (Board action: 11/25/20)

    11/25/20  12/20/20 120 days
    Bulletin 741 (Nonpublic) -Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators - Section 1105 (Board action: 11/25/20)

    11/25/20 12/20/20 120 days
    Bulletin 126 - Charter Schools - Section 4101 (Board action: 11/25/20)

    11/25/20 12/20/20 120 days
    Bulletin 741 - Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators - Sections 401, 403, 405, and 3703 (Board action: 7/14/20)

    07/14/20
    11/09/20
    08/20/20
    11/20/20
    120 days
    120 days
    Bulletin 741 (Nonpublic) -Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators - Sections 1105, 1107, 1109, and 3303 (Board action: 7/14/20)

    07/14/20
    11/09/20
    08/20/20
    11/20/20
    120 days
    120 days
    Bulletin 126 - Charter Schools - Sections 103, 4101, 4103, and 4105 (Board action: 7/14/20)

    07/14/20
    11/09/20
    08/20/20
    11/20/20
    120 days
    120 days
    Bulletin 118 - Statewide Assessment Standards and Practices - Section 6829 (Board action: 6/16/20) 06/16/20
    10/15/20
    07/20/20
    11/20/20
    120 days
    120 days