Dec 4, 2012 3:44 PM by AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state's top school board has backed nearly four dozen organizations to offer courses to Louisiana's public school students through online classes and other nontraditional means.
The decision comes despite a judge's ruling that the program's planned financing is unconstitutional.
Superintendent of Education John White recommended 45 course providers be given contracts to participate in Louisiana's new "Course Choice" program, scheduled to begin next year. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education backed the list Tuesday in an 8-2 vote.
Critics say BESE shouldn't approve course providers since a state judge determined the state couldn't pay for the program through the public school funding formula.
That ruling is being appealed.
White says the law creating Course Choice requires BESE to move forward. He says funding decisions can be made later.