How the state hammers out rules for its new “career diploma” will help determine whether Louisiana lands up to $200 million through a national competition, state Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek said Monday. “We have to be able to say what we have and what we plan to have,” Pastorek said.
The superintendent made his comments to the High School Redesign Commission, a state advisory panel that is reviewing some of the rules that will govern a controversial new curriculum for high school students. The state’s top school board plans to finalize the rules by December.
The new curriculum, which won lopsided legislative approval, has triggered controversy in education circles for months, including criticism from Pastorek.