Legislation backed by Gov. Bobby Jindal to enforce new accountability standards for early childhood education programs passed Wednesday in the House Education Committee, putting it only two steps away from becoming state law.
Senate Bill 130 by Sen. Conrad Appel, R-Metairie, would create the network authorized by Act 3, a law passed last year to consolidate all pre-kindergarten and day-care programs into one network and give them letter grades. The bill would create the Early Childhood Care and Education Network and the Tiered Kindergarten Readiness Improvement System.
The system would be overseen by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, or BESE, beginning in the 2015-16 school year, and would establish standards to give letter grades to all pre-K programs receiving public funds.