The Advocate’s article on BESE District 6 Forum

Candidates for Baton Rouge BESE slot air views on Common Core, suspensions and closing schools

Standardized testing, out-of-school suspensions and closing troubled public schools all came under fire Wednesday night during a forum in the race for an open seat on Louisiana’s top school board.

The contest is for the Baton Rouge-based District 6 slot on the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education held by Chas Roemer, who opted not to seek a third term.

One issue that sparked widespread criticism is whether the state’s current series of exams serves students and teachers.

Etta Licciardi, one of the candidates, said standardized tests are needed.

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