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La. BESE Board seats a new president

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BATON ROUGE, La., (KNOE 8 News) - Board of Elementary and Secondary Education today saw its new president, Chas Roemer of Baton Rouge, son of former Governor Buddy Roemer officially seated. He was sworn-in by Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne.

In other action, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education today reviewed the Compass teacher evaluation system to provide more flexibility in the evaluation process.

BESE also made several revisions to Bulletin 741 that are designed to streamline school and district administration.  The changes below are the more notable of several policy adjustments intended to give school districts more flexibility to best meet the needs of their students, rather than taking a "one-size-fits-all" approach.

Students may now obtain credit for previously-learned subject matter through demonstrating proficiency, rather than being required to take classes covering material already learned. 

Districts now have more flexibility in staffing decisions.

Students may now earn physical education credit for marching band, extracurricular sports, and dance team/cheering. 

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