BESE Rulemaking Docket


 

Updated 11/20/20 |  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

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 and 301

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:
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 - - - - - - - - - -
 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 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

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)
08/12/20 09/09/20 09/20/20 10/12/20 - - 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

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)
07/14/20 09/09/20 09/20/20 10/16/20 - - 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

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)
07/14/20 09/09/20 09/20/20 10/12/20 - - 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 - - - - - -

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

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)
07/14/20 09/09/20 09/20/20 10/12/20 - - 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 - - - - - -

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.




December 2019

Bulletin 140, Louisiana Early Childhood Care and Education Network
Chapter 9

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)
12/11/19 01/10/20 01/20/20 02/10/20 04/20/20 04/20/20
 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
02/09/20 None
- - - -

Description:
Louisiana Revised Statute 17:407.30 establishes the Louisiana Early Childhood Education Fund as a special treasury fund administered by BESE. The statute provides that the fund shall be credited with appropriations, as well as public and private grants or donations, and will be awarded to local entities for early childhood care and education. The proposed revisions to Bulletin 140, endorsed at the Early Childhood Care and Education Advisory Council meeting held November 13, 2019, align BESE policy with R.S. 17:407.30.


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 2318 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)
12/11/19 01/10/20 01/20/20 02/10/20 04/20/20 04/20/20
 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
02/09/20 None
- - - -

Description:
In June 2019, BESE approved revisions to Bulletin 741 to incorporate the University of Cambridge courses (Cambridge Assessment International Education) for high school graduation requirements. The proposed revisions make technical edits to that policy.


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

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)
12/11/19 01/10/20 01/20/20 02/10/20 04/20/20 04/20/20
 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
02/09/20 None
- - - -

Description:
In October 2018, following a presentation to and consultation with BESE, the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) began working with stakeholders to develop an alternate assessment for the Educational Leadership Certificate (EDL1) to enable mentor teachers and content leaders to build on qualifying licensure assessments. Over the past year, the LDE, in collaboration with the competitively selected assessment vendor, designed and piloted the Louisiana Leadership Assessment Series (LLAS). The pilot program includes 22 educators across 15 school systems.

LLAS is a practice-based assessment aligned with the educational leader competencies outlined in Bulletin 125, Standards for Educational Leaders in Louisiana. Assessments are scored by the assessment vendor and allow test-takers multiple attempts to respond to feedback and achieve a qualifying score. The assessment addresses:

  • the role of a building-level leader;

  • National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) standards; and

  • Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL).

Proposed revisions to Bulletin 746 incorporate the Louisiana Leadership Assessment Series into policy.


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 2019

Bulletin 741, Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators
Section 507

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)
10/16/19 12/09/19 12/20/19 01/10/20 03/20/20 03/20/20
 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
01/09/20 None
- - - -

Description:
Proposed revisions to Bulletins 741, 746, and 996 regarding alternate certification program mentoring requirements include:
  • Removal of the current 80-hour pre-residency practice requirement;
  • Replacement of the pre-residency practice requirement with an assurance from the employing school systems that alternate program candidates receive mentoring that includes co-teaching, collaborative planning, observation, and feedback session requirements for a minimum of 15 percent of instructional time, or 5 hours per week, in the first year of teaching; and
  • Technical edits to Bulletin 746: §203.E., clarifying that school leaders and school superintendent assessments (6011 and 6991, respectively), previously adopted by BESE in August 2019 will be accepted until July 31, 2020. Educational Testing Services (ETS) regenerated the Praxis Core (5713, 5723, and 5733) and the School Superintendent exam (6991), effective until July 31, 2020.  Because ETS did not inform the Department of the new exams until June 21, 2019, the exams adopted by BESE in August 2019 must now be adopted as Emergency Rule.

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

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)
10/16/19 12/09/19 12/20/19 01/10/20 03/20/20 03/20/20
 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
01/09/20 None
- - - -

Description:
Proposed revisions to Bulletins 741, 746, and 996 regarding alternate certification program mentoring requirements include:
  • Removal of the current 80-hour pre-residency practice requirement;
  • Replacement of the pre-residency practice requirement with an assurance from the employing school systems that alternate program candidates receive mentoring that includes co-teaching, collaborative planning, observation, and feedback session requirements for a minimum of 15 percent of instructional time, or 5 hours per week, in the first year of teaching; and
  • Technical edits to Bulletin 746: §203.E., clarifying that school leaders and school superintendent assessments (6011 and 6991, respectively), previously adopted by BESE in August 2019 will be accepted until July 31, 2020. Educational Testing Services (ETS) regenerated the Praxis Core (5713, 5723, and 5733) and the School Superintendent exam (6991), effective until July 31, 2020.  Because ETS did not inform the Department of the new exams until June 21, 2019, the exams adopted by BESE in August 2019 must now be adopted as Emergency Rule.
NOTE: The Board approved the revision to Section 203 of Bulletin 746 as a Declaration of Emergency, effective October 16, 2019, for a period of 120 days or until adopted as a final Rule.

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
Sections 304, 305, and 313

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)
10/16/19 12/09/19 12/20/19 01/10/20 03/20/20 03/20/20
 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
01/09/20 None
- - - -

Description:
Proposed revisions to Bulletins 741, 746, and 996 regarding alternate certification program mentoring requirements include:
  • Removal of the current 80-hour pre-residency practice requirement;
  • Replacement of the pre-residency practice requirement with an assurance from the employing school systems that alternate program candidates receive mentoring that includes co-teaching, collaborative planning, observation, and feedback session requirements for a minimum of 15 percent of instructional time, or 5 hours per week, in the first year of teaching; and
  • Technical edits to Bulletin 746: §203.E., clarifying that school leaders and school superintendent assessments (6011 and 6991, respectively), previously adopted by BESE in August 2019 will be accepted until July 31, 2020. Educational Testing Services (ETS) regenerated the Praxis Core (5713, 5723, and 5733) and the School Superintendent exam (6991), effective until July 31, 2020.  Because ETS did not inform the Department of the new exams until June 21, 2019, the exams adopted by BESE in August 2019 must now be adopted as Emergency Rule.
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 996, Standards for Approval of Teacher and/or Educational Leader Preparation Programs
Section 745

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)
10/16/19 12/09/19 12/20/19 01/10/20 03/20/20 03/20/20
 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
01/09/20 None
- - - -

Description:
Proposed revisions to Bulletins 741, 746, and 996 regarding alternate certification program mentoring requirements include:
  • Removal of the current 80-hour pre-residency practice requirement;
  • Replacement of the pre-residency practice requirement with an assurance from the employing school systems that alternate program candidates receive mentoring that includes co-teaching, collaborative planning, observation, and feedback session requirements for a minimum of 15 percent of instructional time, or 5 hours per week, in the first year of teaching; and
  • Technical edits to Bulletin 746: §203.E., clarifying that school leaders and school superintendent assessments (6011 and 6991, respectively), previously adopted by BESE in August 2019 will be accepted until July 31, 2020. Educational Testing Services (ETS) regenerated the Praxis Core (5713, 5723, and 5733) and the School Superintendent exam (6991), effective until July 31, 2020.  Because ETS did not inform the Department of the new exams until June 21, 2019, the exams adopted by BESE in August 2019 must now be adopted as Emergency Rule.

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 1706, Regulations for Implementation of the Children with Exceptionalities Act
Sections 101, 153, 450, 508, 904, 1101, 1153, 1508, and 1511

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)
10/16/19 11/08/19 11/20/19 12/11/19 02/20/20 02/20/20
 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
12/10/19 None
- - - -

Description: 
Proposed revisions to Bulletin 1706 include:
  • Clarification of time limits for formal written complaint and due process hearing procedures:
    Bulletin 1706 includes procedures to resolve written complaints and to request a hearing to resolve an exceptionality dispute, alleging that a public agency has violated Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). To provide clarity to school systems, schools, and families, the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) proposes revisions to establish the timelines begin after the LDE receives the request.
  • Removal of the Louisiana Special Education Center as a BESE Special School:
    Act 411 of the 2019 Louisiana Regular Legislative Session transfers the Louisiana Special Education Center from the Special School District to the Louisiana Department of Health. The process must conclude no later than January 31, 2020. The proposed policy revisions are in accordance with Act 411, which mandates the removal of the Louisiana Special Education Center as a BESE Special School.

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 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