Feb 192014
 

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The Orleans Parish Education Network is hosting an informational session with a state Department of Education official Thursday at Xavier University about changes planned for Louisiana high-school diplomas.

“Can you afford to miss out on what’s happening with our students’ graduation plans?” the organization asks in the invitation to the forum. “Join Orleans Public Education Network and Adam Hawf of the Louisiana Department of Education for a meeting on high school transformation and get vital information on the Jump Start program, plus submit your comments to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.”

The meeting is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Xavier University Convocation Annex.

For more details about the changes, see the information from OPEN below:

Did you know Louisiana is making changes to the high school diploma? The state is moving away from multiple diploma offerings to one diploma with two paths: Core 4, which is TOPS eligible, and Career Track, which makes use of the Jump Start program to help optimize graduates’ career readiness. Jump Start is the state’s new program for school districts, colleges, and businesses to collaborate in providing career courses and workplace experiences to high school students, certifying them for the career fields most likely to lead to high-wage jobs.

For nine months, Superintendent John White has been touring the state discussing how best to provide every Louisiana student a path to the American middle class. These forums have brought in parents, students, educators, community members, and industry leaders to hear final public comments on a draft proposal outlining the specifics of Jump Start. These meetings represent the final tour and a chance for members of the public to comment on specific policy proposals prior to discussion by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) on March 6, 2014.

Documents outlining the proposal are posted on the Department’s website. These documents will be available for public review and comment until the BESE meeting in March.

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  • Saundra Reed

    Why is it that the public is not included in these discussions till it is all but decided.