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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana’s Department of Education says two universities have been chosen to lead a network that will research teacher preparation efforts in the state.

Louisiana State University and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette will co-chair the Louisiana Educator Research Consortium. The two universities will direct research and seek grants for the consortium. Members of the consortium will be chosen from among teacher preparation programs around Louisiana. The work is to begin in January.

A news release from the department says the two universities initially will be tasked with selecting an advisory board and the other institutions that will be part of the consortium. They also will set a research agenda and organize the first meetings.

Each institution will receive $25,000 in grant funding to launch the work.