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BESE approves funding request, votes on grading for schools

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

State education leaders will ask lawmakers for a $36 million increase in funding.

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education's request will go to the legislature when the session opens on April 13.

BESE also voted to extend a policy in which letter grades for public schools will be issued on a curve. 

Preschools will be judged the same as elementary and secondary schools starting next school year. The board decided to phase out its voluntary star rating system. Preschools must participate in the letter grade system, or risk losing their license or public funding.

The board rejected a proposal allowing students to completely opt-out of Common Core testing without the possibility of lowering the schools performance scores.

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