[lg policy] Alabama: Piedmont BoE considers policy statements on language, training and discrimination

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Piedmont BoE considers policy statements on language, training and
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*PIEDMONT* — Piedmont Board of Education members learned at a Tuesday
meeting that the system is taking part in a state monitoring program.

Next week a representative of the Alabama Department of Education’s Office
of Career and Technical Education will visit the school for one day to
begin a review, said Superintendent Matt Akin. He said Piedmont had been
selected at random by the office for the monitoring session.

He said the monitoring program is already prompting the system to consider
a revision of certain policies and procedures. At Tuesday’s board meeting
Akin presented two new policies and also asked members to considering
adding a non-discriminatory statement to several existing policies.

The first new policy, a Limited English Proficiency policy, would require
educators within the first 30 days of school to formally identify children
who don’t understand the English language and to notify their parents.

“It’s a way of showing the state we are providing a service to those
students and how we are providing that service,” Akin said, referencing the
language program. “It’s in line with what we’ve already been doing for
years.”

The second policy, concerning Cooperative Education, would set forth a
framework for the system to begin an on-the-job training program for
students, if officials decided to go that route.

The proposed non-discriminatory statement is three paragraphs long and
would be applied to six other policies to ensure the schools’ employees and
students receive equal opportunities. The statement also lists people to
contact regarding non-discrimination policies.

The school board received a copy of the policy Tuesday and postponed a vote
to give the public a chance comment on it before it votes on the measures
next month, Akin said.


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