BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Proposals to tie public funding to student performance and issue letter grades to Louisiana's public and private early childhood education programs are finding easy passage through the Legislature.
Two Senate bills are the cornerstones of Gov. Bobby Jindal's attempt to restructure early childhood education and to create uniform standards for kindergarten readiness.
They have cleared the Senate with very little discussion and no objections from lawmakers. They aren't expected to run into trouble in the House.
The bills are enabling legislation for a structural framework approved last year.
Public and private programs receive $1.4 billion a year in federal and state money to educate students from birth to 5 years old.