BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's career-track diploma law has been rewritten to require public high school students who aren't college-bound to get job skills certifications to get a diploma.
The bill by Jonesboro Rep. Jim Fannin received final passage Tuesday with a 98-0 House vote. The redesign, pushed by Superintendent of Education John White, emphasizes skills training for students who don't intend to go to a four-year university.
All public school districts will have to make the changes by the 2016-17 school year. The first students to receive the new diploma will graduate in 2018.
High school students who seek a career-track diploma will be required to get an industry-based certification or credentials earned through dual-enrollment coursework at a technical school or community college.
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