Nearly half of Louisiana’s 70 school districts have opted out of a controversial new curriculum for high school students or asked to do so, educators said Tuesday.
The latest batch of districts that do not want to offer the “career diploma” curriculum this year include East Baton Rouge, Livingston and Lafayette parishes. The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has already approved waivers for 19 school districts. The board plans to act on requests from at least 15 more, including East Baton Rouge Parish, when it meets Aug. 18-20. Approval of all 15 is expected. School districts have until Aug. 13 to request the waivers.
The new law allows high schools to offer students a curriculum that is heavy on career and technical classes. Those who meet the requirements will earn a “career diploma,” which is different from a traditional diploma