Jul 01, 2013

Pilot Program Sees Growing Demand As New Enrollment Requests Near 1,500

BATON ROUGE, La.- The Department of Education today announced that the Course Choice pilot program is nearing capacity enrollment.  Nearly 1,500 students, families, and counselors have registered for courses for the 2013-2014 school year.  The pilot for the 2013-2014 school year limits offerings to high school-level Carnegie credit course.  The Course Choice Counselor Assistance Center is collaborating with school counselors to make sure requested courses are academically appropriate for each student.

"This continued demand for choice is a clear sign that Louisiana families want options," said State Superintendent John White, "The response we are seeing since reopening registration for the pilot program indicates that our students, their families and many schools and districts are excited about this opportunity and want to see it continue and grow. No child should be denied the ability to take a foreign language or a math class if their school doesn't offer it. Course Choice provides those opportunities and more."

Currently, students from across the state and their families have selected courses from over a dozen course providers. These course providers include Louisiana-based Associated Builders and Contractors in Baton Rouge, St. James Parish schools and the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts, as well as national course providers like Princeton Review and Rocket Learning Partners.  Students have chosen to enroll in courses that range from world languages (Spanish, French) to core academic courses like Algebra 1, Biology and Chemistry, craft training courses like Welding and Electrical, and electives like Fine Arts, Digital Arts and ACT Test Prep.

The Department of Education and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) had to secure alternative funding for the program given a recent Louisiana Supreme Court ruling. They approved $2 million in funding for this pilot.  When the pilot was announced, all previous registrations were cleared - students and parents were required to re-register for courses based on these new pilot program parameters and availability.

With six weeks remaining before registration closes and the school year begins, only a quarter of the funding for the pilot remains.  Course Choice capacity for the 2013-2014 school year will soon be reached, and once that occurs, the Department will establish a wait list for students and families.

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