Controversy Surrounding Career Diploma

Monday, September 28, 2009 - 8:16am

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Three months after the state Legislature authorized a new diploma to trim the high school dropout rate, arguments keep swirling around the issue. The state's top school board voted earlier this month to delay final approval of some of the rules that will govern the classes. That set off charges of foot-dragging by the two key sponsors of the legislation.
Meanwhile, state Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek said last week that national concerns about the rigor of the new curriculum could endanger Louisiana's chances for landing up to $300 million in a federal competition. Critics say the seemingly endless series of disputes continue
because Pastorek and others wary of the new diploma never wanted the law passed.