The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education shot down the controversial new accountability system Thursday, after many public school educators from across the state spoke against the plan during the hours-long and heated meeting.

The meeting, which lasted more than four hours, featured dozens of superintendents, principals and teachers from across the state who spoke in opposition of the plan, saying it sought to devalue a high school diploma, valued advanced placement over dual enrollment and would be unfair to rural school districts.

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