Last Modified: Friday, July 20, 2012 11:24 AM
A representative from the state Department of Education will be in Calcasieu Parish on Tuesday to discuss the recently approved Course Choice program.
The program, which will go into effect for the 2013-2014 school year, will allow students in C-, D- and F-rated public schools to take accredited classes that their schools do not already offer.
Students will not have to pay to take the 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.
The state began accepting applications for those interested in becoming certified course providers for the program this week.
The website for the program states, “There are no accreditation requirements mandated by statute. Accreditations will be evaluated as part of the application evaluation process, but accreditations on their own will not be sufficient to qualify a course provider applicant as an approved course provider.”
The Course Choice information session is open to anyone who wants to learn more about the program, including, course providers, school faculty and teachers, parents and students.
Tuesday’s session will be at 6 p.m. at the Calcasieu Parish Technology Campus, 1732 Kirkman St.