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La.'s Career Track Diploma Threatens RTT Money

By Catherine Gewertz — September 25, 2009 1 min read

A funny thing happened in Louisiana on the way to its Race to the Top. The new career track diploma got in the way.

The state’s superintendent of education is now urging great care in the way state officials write rules for the program, so they don’t keep the state from getting RTT funding.

Could it be that the career track diploma has some bad mojo workin’? Just recently, a state lawmaker scolded the state school board for not moving quickly enough to get the thing going. State supe Paul Pastorek has said the plan would put “dummy diplomas” in the hands of too many students. And lots of districts backed out of offering it, too.

Whither the career track diploma now that so many RTT dollars hang in the balance?

A version of this news article first appeared in the High School Connections blog.