Local School Board Considers Joining New La. School District Co-op

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Monday, May 6, 2013

The St. Tammany Parish School Board took a step Thursday toward joining a cooperative of Louisiana school districts created in response to sweeping education programs, changes that many educators statewide complain were handed down without their input.

The District Cooperative of Louisiana was founded by Vermilion Parish Superintendent Jerome Puyau, who said he has recruited about 30 school systems to join so far.

On Thursday night, several St. Tammany Parish School Board members said the main benefit for St. Tammany schools would be the sharing of ideas and resources -- such as professional development -- to meet new requirements being handed down by the state Department of Education.

"Many of these school boards feel like we're under attack by the state Department of Education," School Board member Neal Hennegan said.

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