Education superintendent says he'll offer diploma ideas in Sept. - FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans News, Weather, Sports

Education superintendent says he'll offer diploma ideas in Sept.

Updated:
Fox 8 photo Fox 8 photo

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State Superintendent of Education John White said Monday that he'll unveil his proposals for reworking Louisiana's public high school diploma system in September.

White said a diploma should signal whether students are ready to enter college or to work in a specific industry. His focus at a speech to the Press Club of Baton Rouge was on readying high school students who aren't going to a four-year college.

The superintendent said the career-readiness diploma pathways available to students should be decided regionally, in coordination with community and technical colleges and including apprenticeships and internships for students.

"We need to reform our diploma structure or our economy and our state's employment structure is at great risk," White said.

He said the state's current career-track diploma has drawn a stigma that makes few students pursue it. He said it is considered a "dropout diploma."

White, who has held several months of meetings around the state on the diploma revamp, said he'll present his ideas to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education next month, with the goal of having a BESE-approved package of policy changes recommended to lawmakers for the spring legislative session.

The first students to receive the new diploma would graduate in 2018.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Powered by WorldNow

Fox 8 WVUE-TV
Louisiana Media Company, LLC.
1025 S. Jefferson Davis Parkway
New Orleans, LA 70125

General Number: (504) 486-6161
News Tips: (504) 483-1503
News Room Fax: (504) 483-1543

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WVUE. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.
WVUE's Public Inspection File can now be accessed online. To access the online public inspection file click here: https://stations.fcc.gov/station-profile/wvue-dt.