School Board rejects equity policy but votes for continuing discussion of concept | St. Tammany community news

After nearly four hours of piercing public discussion, the St. Tammany Parish School Board on Thursday shifted gears on a proposal to hire a consultant and develop an equity policy for the school district, opting instead to bring together parties from all sides of the controversial concept to figure out a way forward.

Meeting as a committee as a whole, the board voted down a resolution by member Dennis Cousin to engage an external consultant who would “evaluate and develop a strategic equity action plan to ensure that discrimination does not affect outcomes” for students and faculty members. That resolution failed by a 10-3 vote, with Cousin, Lisa Page and Shelta Richardson voting for and Tammy Lamy abstaining.

Board member Ronald Bettencourt then offered a substitute resolution that affirms the school system’s adherence to all federal discrimination laws and supports “ongoing efforts to identify and address any and all areas

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St. Tammany middle school students will return to the classroom

“We want to provide the most productive learning environment for students, but health and safety remain our top priorities.”

ST. TAMMANY PARISH, La. — The St. Tammany Parish school system says the transition to the modified Phase 3 will begin the week of September 28 for grades 6-8.

The new plan for students in grades 6-8 will be to transition from hybrid learning, which has children in class a couple of days a week and a couple of days online, to in-person learning five days a week, starting September 30.

Grades Pre K- 5 have already transitioned back to in-person learning and grades 9-12 will continue to do hybrid model.

“The transition to daily in-person learning at all grade levels for all students has to be measured and done only when we feel it is safe to do so,” said Interim Superintendent Pete Jabbia.

The Interim Superintendent also says that

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