White unveils proposal to redesign career diploma

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Superintendent of Education John White has outlined his proposal for overhauling Louisiana's career-track diploma for high school students who don't intend to go to a four-year college.

White described the details Wednesday. He'll ask the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to adopt the proposal next week, with an eye toward full implementation by the 2016-17 school year.

High school students who seek a career-track diploma would be required to get an industry-based certification or credentials earned through dual-enrollment coursework at a technical school in order to earn their diploma.

The plan would involve regional coordination with community and technical colleges and industry leaders.

White says he wants to end the stigma against technical education and help students who aren't bound for four-year colleges be better prepared for a job.

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