Decision on school mandates pushed back to January

BATON ROUGE (AP) — The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has delayed a decision on shrinking the number of mandates

required of local school districts.

Superintendent of Education John White

proposed getting rid of the statewide school calendar, changing physical

education

standards to allow credit for extracurricular activities like

cheerleading and removing requirements for how many librarians

and counselors schools should have.

Those were among recommended changes to 150 different sections of policies governing school systems.

White says the goal is to eliminate red tape and remove outdated regulations.

BESE members in committee raised concerns

Tuesday about individual items. Board member Holly Boffy of Lafayette

said more

time was needed to comb through the list and get further details.

At Boffy's urging, the panel voted 6-3 to postpone a decision

until January.