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Mar 26, 2010 4:31 PM

AG: career diploma testing requirement is legal

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) The attorney general's office says state education leaders have properly handled testing requirements for students seeking the state's new "career diploma."

The opinion was released Friday. It was requested by the sponsors of the law that created the diploma, Rep. Jim Fannin of Jonesboro and Sen. Bob Kostelka of Monroe.

Assistant Attorney General Denise Brou Fitzgerald says the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education was within its legal authority to impose end-of-course tests before students can obtain the new diploma.

The new diploma is for students who pursue a curriculum that emphasizes career and technical classes. It is supposed to prepare them for a job or a technical or community school.

Fannin and Kostelka say the tests required by BESE are unfair because they are similar to those taken by students who plan to attend college.

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