Official: Louisiana School for the Deaf needs 'major change'

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A member of the state's top school board said the Louisiana School for the Deaf, which is undergoing a review amid poor performance, needs an overhaul.

Kathy Edmonston, a member of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education who helped initiate the review of the school, told the Advocate on Tuesday that the board needs "to make some major changes there."

The school, located on 116 acres in Baton Rouge, serves deaf and hard-of-hearing students from around Louisiana.

The state education board in October hired an outside contractor to review operations of the Louisiana School for the Deaf, the Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired in Baton Rouge, and the Louisiana Special Education Center in Alexandria.

The schools for the deaf and visually impaired are rated F by the state.

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