Louisiana revamps schools for blind and deaf students

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (AP) – Louisiana’s Special School District, which includes public schools for the deaf and visually impaired, will be reorganized under a bill unanimously supported by lawmakers and enacted by the governor John Bel Edwards.

The lawyer reports the measure taken by the Republican representative of Baton Rouge. Scott McKnight sets up a 12-member board to oversee district operations, including submitting an annual budget and selecting a superintendent.

The governor will appoint 11 of the 12 members of the new council, and the chairman of the state council for primary and secondary education will appoint the last member. They will be subject to confirmation by the Senate.

Beginning in the 2022-2023 school year, tuition fees for the special school district will be funded from the same $ 3.9 billion fund that pays for public schools statewide.

The Special School District has an annual operating budget of approximately $ 33 million. More than 550 students are enrolled at Louisiana School for the Deaf and Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired, including 172 who live on the Baton Rouge campuses of both schools.

The district also provides educational services to 538 other students, including through sites operated by the Office of Juvenile Justice, the Louisiana Department of Corrections, and the Louisiana Department of Health.


The bill is introduced as House Bill 253.

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