John Bel Edwards, business groups reach compromise on some education issues
Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration has helped broker a consensus between the state's teachers unions and business groups over a couple of education issues they have been fighting over for years.
The two sides have agreed to change the way public school teachers are evaluated overall, placing less of an emphasis on test scores than in current state law. They also have decided to put off implementing any consequences for schools, teachers and school districts based on low standardized test scores until after next year.
Both of the changes amount to a very minor retreat from Gov. Bobby Jindal's sweeping education package passed in 2012. While the compromise comes no where close to completely undoing what Jindal put in place, it does delay and water down two of Jindal's education components.
It also marks Edwards' first possible win for his primary and secondary education agenda. Most of the governor's other education initiatives -- including several new restrictions for charter schools and vouchers -- have gone nowhere in the Louisiana Legislature.