John White highlights signature initiatives in New Orleans-area tour

Article By: Danielle Dreilinger and Sarah Tan | October 31, 2013 | Originally Posted on nola.com

After a bruising month of political debate over all elements of Louisiana’s education changes — particularly the new Common Core math and English academic standards, which have spurred heated town hall meetings across the state and hours of testimony before the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education — state Superintendent John White spent a low-key day in Orleans and Jefferson parishes on Tuesday talking with teachers and students about several of his signature initiatives. They include broadening access to early childhood education and making sure it prepares children for kindergarten; supplementing traditional coursework with virtual learning and other innovative options; creating a new career diploma that qualifies teenagers for well-paid industry jobs; and, of course, Common Core.

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