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BESE backs off counselors and librarian cuts

Posted: Updated: April 17, 2013 07:29 AM

BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Louisiana's top school board has dropped proposed new rules that public school counselors and librarians said would diminish their roles and hurt students.

Both state Superintendent of Education John White, who initially pushed the changes, and Chas Roemer, president of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and a key backer of the overhaul, later endorsed the reversal on Tuesday.

Under the planned guidelines, which BESE approved earlier this year, public schools could get around staffing requirements for counselors and librarians if they found other approved ways to do so.

But the change sparked outrage among both groups.

Hundreds of critics filed written comments on the plans, which forced BESE to take another look at the policy.

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