Union-Backed BESE Candidates Could Face Stiff Competition

By Kevin Mooney
Union-backed school board candidates who oppose school choice initiatives, teacher evaluations, heightened curriculum standards, the abolition of tenure and other policy changes could face strong opposition this fall. All eight of the elected seats on the 11 member Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) are open to primary challenges.

TAGS: Alliance for Better Classrooms, BESE, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Gov. Bobby Jindal, Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, Paul Pastorek

Lousiana Department of Education Sees Drastic Salary Increases

By Robert Flanagan
A report by the Associated Press highlights increasing salaries within the Louisiana Department of Education. Between 2007 and 2009, the payroll has increased by 21%, while the number of employees has decreased. State Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek argues that the increase is needed to get the “best human capital.” Pastorek, who earns a $430,000...

TAGS: American Legislative Exchange Council, Department of Education, Education, Paul Pastorek

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