It wasn't the typical Mardi Gras crowds you see hit the parade route on Fat Tuesday. And for the riders in the Krewe of Gabriel and the Independent Parade, it seems the freezing rain kept the usual influxMore >>
It wasn't the typical Mardi Gras crowds you see hit the parade route on Fat Tuesday.More >>
It's Mardi Gras Mamou style—Courir de Mardi Gras (French for "Mardi Gras Run.") The scene may look haphazard, but actually there's a method to their madness. Everything has an historical significanceMore >>
It's Mardi Gras Mamou style—Courir de Mardi Gras. The scene may look haphazard, but actually there's a method to their madness. More >>
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A redesign of Louisiana's career-track diploma has received overwhelming backing from members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Superintendent of Education John White's proposal centers on high school students getting job skills certifications to earn their diploma if they don't intend to go to a four-year university. He says it will better prepare students for available jobs.
A BESE committee agreed to the plans without objection Thursday. Ten of the board's 11 members were present for the vote, in advance of final passage Friday.
All public school districts will have to make the changes by the 2016-17 school year.
Business organizations supported the overhaul, called "Jump Start." Parents of special education students opposed it, saying the changes will make it harder for their children to get a diploma.