La. Senate approves bill to empower top principals

03/13/2014 | Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.), The

The Louisiana Senate has approved a bill that would give top principals -- those rated "highly effective" -- more authority to design instructional plans, assign personnel, set budgets and enter into contracts. Supporters include the Louisiana Department of Education, the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, and Stand for Children, an advocacy group. Opponents include the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, the Louisiana School Boards Association and the Louisiana Association of Principals. "My concern about this bill is setting up some islands of excellence," said Patrice Pujol, superintendent of the Ascension Parish school system.

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