Superintendent of Education John White. (Donna Price / American Press)
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 4:00 PM
BATON ROUGE (AP) — More than three-quarters of the organizations seeking to participate in Louisiana's new "Course Choice" program have made it through the first round of the application process.
Superintendent of Education John White announced Wednesday that 72 possible course providers are advancing to the interview round. Twenty-two didn't make the cut.
The program, which will go into effect for the 2013-2014 school year, will allow students in C-minus, D-minus and F-rated public schools to take accredited classes that their schools do not already offer.
Students will begin registering for Course Choice classes in March.
Students will not have to pay to take these courses. The course providers will receive a percentage of state education dollars allotted to the students’ school. Students will be able to take up to five courses from approved outside providers.
Applications have come from contracting groups, online course providers and colleges.
White says the next round of vetting involves a background check, interviews and reviews of the history of the organizations seeking to teach Louisiana students through the program.