Officials getting schooled on new ed. standards

Baton Rouge, LA (AP) - Louisiana's education department has launched a series of 31 meetings around the state to provide school system superintendents and principals with information on coming changes.

The meetings are to provide information on so-called "Common Core" standards - national standards adopted by numerous other states - which Louisiana plans to fully implement in 2014-15. Also, participants will learn about the state's new COMPASS educator evaluation system, according to a department news release.

The first meetings took place Wednesday in Baton Rouge. Over the course of two weeks, meetings are being held in Monroe, Shreveport, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Alexandria and the New Orleans area.

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