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Superintendent's Message

Dear Colleagues:


The most innovative education ideas come from the classroom and the home. 


Among our greatest challenges is preparing educators for the challenges of teaching, especially in a time of rising expectations. It's natural that we turn to innovative educators to develop the most advanced ideas for this most important challenge.


It's also natural to want our teachers to spend more time in the classroom, learning from master teachers, prior to entering the professional full time than they often do at present. 


Today the Department of Education announced Believe and Prepare, a new grant program that seeks schools themselves, along with relevant partners, to design and develop school-based educator preparation programs. Successful applicants may include those proposing to build new programs that take place in and are led by schools or LEAs, or those proposing to convert theory-based coursework to practice-based learning experiences or apprenticeships. Grant funding will support costs associated with designing new programs and courses, recruiting master educators to teach courses, and overseeing these innovative programs. The Department will issue up to five grants of up to $150,000 each.


The most powerful reform surfaces the best ideas from those closest to students, to solve our most critical challenges. We have put so much effort into defining high expectations for classroom excellence, for teachers and students alike. But it is time we take a step back and focus even on those yet to enter the profession, so that we usher them into the classroom as prepared and proven as possible.


You can find the Request for Applications here. I hope you'll join in this exciting calling. 


As always, thank you for all you do for our children,





John White

Louisiana Department of Education

Twitter: @LouisianaSupe

In This Issue:

District Support


Believe and Prepare - Educator Preparation Innovation Grants Announced


Our future educators must enter Louisiana's schools prepared to ensure students achieve college and career readiness. These future educators will be more likely to achieve this success if Louisiana schools and districts, in partnership with higher education institutions, have the opportunity to train and support them.  To empower schools and districts to take a greater role in educator preparation, the Department is announcing a Believe and Prepare: Educator Preparation Innovation Grants.    


Educator Preparation Innovation Grants will provide up to $150,000 in funding to support schools and districts who want to design and pilot school-based educator preparation programs. Schools or districts can apply independently or in partnership with a preparation program.   


Click here to access the Believe and Prepare application. All grant applications are due to the Department on February 14, 2014.  


Please send all questions to

Believe and Succeed Application for 2014-2015 Funds Now Available


The 2014 application for Believe and Succeed grants is now available. Through Believe and Succeed, the Department provides two types of grants: 

  • New School Development Grants fund the training of school leaders who will turn around struggling schools or start new schools to serve students who would otherwise attend D or F schools. 
  • Expanding Excellence Grants fund the expansion of high-performing school operators to turn around struggling schools or to serve students who would otherwise attend D or F schools.

Applications are due March 7th.  To view the application, please click here.  Please e-mail if you have any questions or are interested in applying.


Course Choice 2014-2015


Course Choice provides students and their families access to rigorous college and career course offerings that best match students' abilities and needs.  The 2014-2015 course registration process will begin in late February 2014.  The Louisiana Department of Education will be offering online informational webinars for all school-based personnel interested in learning more about the program and the expanded courses offerings for students statewide at the below dates/times:

  • January 16, 2014 from 3:00-4:00 p.m.
  • January 23, 2014 from 3:00-4:00 p.m.
  • January 30, 2014 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. 

Webinar login information below:

  • Click here to join by computer only.
  • To join by telephone only, please dial 877-336-1831 and enter access code 2416498# when prompted.

For more information go to and/or email questions to


Science Instructional Committee


In August the Department led a state-wide tour to hear from science educators. During the tour, educators shared a desire to update the state's instructional support of science teachers. Thus, in January we will kick off that work through a Science Instructional Committee.  District Superintendents may recommend an effective science educator from their district to participate on the science instructional committee in each of the working group grade-clusters of K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.  The Department will select a group of educators from those recommendations to join the instructional committee.   


Working groups will meet at Louisiana Department of Education offices for two working sessions and participate in up to two virtual sessions.  Recommended participants must be able to attend all meetings listed below:


  • In person meetings in Baton Rouge:  February 3rd  and March 25th
  • Two virtual sub-committee meetings: Late February and early March


Reimbursement will be provided to participants for mileage at state rates if traveling a distance more than 90 miles. Districts will be reimbursed for substitutes provided for teachers.


Please completed this attached recommendation form and submit to no later than 12:00 noon on January 13, 2014.


Spring 2014 Test Administration Training


Forward to district test coordinators, district technology coordinators. The Spring 2014 Test Administration Trainings will be held via test-specific webinars presented by the Department. See the attached Statewide Assessment Schedule SY 2013-2014 for specific dates and topics. The District Test Coordinator and his/her backup should attend all webinars. In-person information sessions will be held for those districts participating in the PARCC field test. More details will be sent directly to those participating districts. Registration information for each test-specific webinar training will be released through the Newsletter. 


Please submit the Statement of Assurance for LEA Test Security Policies to no later than January 31, 2014.
High School Equivalency Test


Please forward to superintendents and supervisors of exiting pathways (former Options/Connections). Beginning January 2014, the Louisiana Community Technical College System will offer and recognize the Louisiana High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) provided by Educational Testing Service (ETS) in lieu of the GED.


Training for the new HiSET registration system will be provided to the point of contact.  Information on training will be forthcoming. Please complete and submit the point of contact form via email to or fax to 225-342-0291 by Friday, January 10, 2013


For additional information, please contact or call at 225-219-0368. 



Approval of FY2013-2014 General Fund Budgets


Please forward to business managers, superintendents, and type 2 and type 5 charter school board presidents. Louisiana R.S.17:88 requires that LEA school boards adopt, no later than September 15, a budget of expected revenues and probable expenditures for the year and that copies of the budget be submitted to the State Superintendent of Public Education for review and approval.  Budgets are due to the Department no later than September 30 each year.


The attached documents below include a listing of the LEAs with approved budgets. LEAs that had their budget approved after September 15, or submitted their budget to the Department after September 30, should take the necessary measures to ensure compliance with R.S.17:88 in the future.  If your LEA is not included in the attached lists, you should have received an email regarding the status of your budget.


If you have any questions or need additional information you may contact



Charter Schools
City Parish School Districts (UPDATED)



Upcoming Task Force and Commission Meetings 





Special Education Advisory Panel 

December 19, 2013


Iowa Room (1-153)

Claiborne Building 

Accountability Commission

January 9, 2013


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Claiborne Building 

Education In the News


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LDOE Contacts
John White
State Superintendent of Education
(toll-free) 877.453.2721 
Twitter @LouisianaSupe

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