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.
DePasquale announced the findings of a major audit of the district during a morning press conference. The findings include of lack of proper accounting processes and policies that have put the district in financial turmoil.
Maureen Clancy-May, an area supervisor with Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, told the crowd of about 150 that the standards were developed by states to better prepare students for the global economy and for college.
The suit, joined by parents throughout the state, asserts that California is shirking its responsibility to ensure disabled students receive what's federally guaranteed -- a free and appropriate education. A federal district judge in Sacramento five weeks ago cleared the way for the suit to proceed.
The fact is that early care professionals in all settings have stepped up their game. When kindergartners were assessed in the fall of 2012, 83 percent of children who attended Baltimore's publicly funded pre-K were deemed "fully ready," as The Sun noted, an improvement from 77 percent the year before.
In a surprising move, board member Quincy Richard, who is under federal indictment for alleged vote-selling and whose eligibility to serve on the board is in question, cast the deciding vote to select Brown.