BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana  is considering allowing magnet schools the chance once again to win a prestigious national award, backing away from a controversial decision this spring to exclude the magnet schools.

The Advocate reports the Louisiana  Board of Elementary and Secondary Education this week plans to take up new nominating criteria to determine which Louisiana  public schools are eligible for Blue Ribbon school of excellence awards. The U.S. Department of Education issues the annual awards.

The new, proposed criteria is simpler than last year's criteria, and it no longer limits nomination to schools that "have not been designated as a magnet school."

BESE's Academic Goals and Instructional Improvement Committee will consider the stripped-down criteria when it meets Tuesday.

If adopted at committee, the board will take up the proposed criteria Thursday.


Information from: The Advocate,


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