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Aug 19, 2010 11:31 AM by Melissa Canone

Policies Being Drawn for Students Planning to Graduate Early

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Uniform policies are being drawn for Louisiana students who plan to graduate from high school in less than four years.

The regulations will be presented to the state Board of
Elementary and Secondary Education in October, said Nancy Beben, director of curriculum standards for the state education department.
A new law is designed to make it easier for public school
students on an accelerated track to finish high school in less than
four years. Some students meet graduation requirements in as little
as three years.
The law's sponsor, Sen. Eric LaFlueur, D-Ville Platte, said some
districts block early graduation on the grounds that students are
immature or for other reasons. For example, many students are
blocked from taking their fourth year of English until they are
seniors, he said.
"If a kid is willing and able to do all the work required and
does it quicker, he should not be punished," LaFleur told The
Advocate. "He should be rewarded."
LaFleur said that, during hearings on his bill, some
superintendents complained that it would be a mistake for the state
to have an early graduation policy for all students.
buHigh school students now have to earn 23 course credits to get a
traditional diploma. That
Reasons for early graduations vary. Some students are eager to
start college. Others plan to enter the military or the work force.
BESE member Glenny Lee Buquet said educators have heard stories
for years about high school seniors who have met so many graduation
requirements that their last school days consist of one class.
"We felt that was a terrible waste of time," Buquet said.

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