Education bills sure to spark controversy on reading, financial literacy and pronouns

Education bills sure to spark controversy on reading, financial literacy and pronouns
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The proposal – House Bill 103 – would require students to pass the class to earn a high school diploma and qualify for the college scholarship program known as TOPS.

Brumley said the bill would address a pressing issue.

“Whenever I am out throughout the state visiting with community groups and parents, this is one of the most common suggestions that I receive, that students exiting high school have background knowledge in personal finance and financial responsibility,” Brumley said.

House Education Committee Chair Lance Harris, R-Alexandria, wants to let public school students transfer to private or other schools – and take the roughly $5,400 in annual state aid with them. His bill is House Bill 98.

Two less sweeping bills won approval last year but were vetoed by Edwards because he said private schools should not be financed with public dollars.

Backers say letting the state set up education savings accounts will give families more freedom to pursue the best education options for their children.

Opponents, including teacher unions, say the change would pose problems for low-income families, since $5,400 is less than the annual tuition charged by many private schools.

Meanwhile, Rep. Stephanie Hilferty, R-Metairie, is again proposing legislation, House Bill 242, that would ban spanking, paddling and oher forms of corporal punishment in public schools unless parents provide written permission to allow it.

Last year, a similar measure fell one vote short of the minimum needed to send it to the Senate.

At least 19 of Louisiana’s 69 school districts allow corporal punishment, according to a 2022 survey by the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents.

Rep. Joseph Marino III of Gretna, who isn’t affiliated with a political party, wants all kindergarten students tested for dyslexia, a disability that hinders reading and recognizing words.


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