Louisiana Special Ed Overhaul

Faced with criticism from local superintendents, state Superintendent of Education John White says he is changing plans to overhaul the way the state funds its 82,000 special-education students.  Under a proposal that White spelled out to superintendents on Feb. 14, Louisiana's funding method would be revamped over three years to improve the state's 29 percent graduation rate, which is the second lowest in the nation.  Under the latest plan, the state would roll out a limited tryout of the new funding method for the 2013-14 school year, then examine the results.  Whether the new funding method will take effect statewide in 2015-16 as initially envisioned is unclear.  He says the changes show that state leaders are listening to local superintendents.

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