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Louisiana Preservice Teachers Gain A Full Year in the Classroom With Pay

Submitted On: Friday, October 14, 2016

Analyst: Bates, Jalissa

Earlier this week, the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted to overhaul the teacher education program in the state.  Preservice teachers will now serve under a mentor for one full year and earn pay. The mentor teacher will receive $1000 compensation as well.

Naysayers decree the plan is not sustainable and short sighted.

“Donald Songy, the governor's newly-named education policy adviser, said while one-year teacher residencies are a good idea, how to pay for the changes warrants a delay,” reported Baton Rouge’s daily newspaper, The Advocate.

"Our concern is there is not enough information around on how much the program will cost, especially for local school districts," said Songy, former superintendent of the Ascension Parish School District.

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