Committee passes TOPS & ratings bills

Source: WHYY
Source: WHYY

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The House Education Committee passed a bill that would allow high school students to use any TOPS award at specialized schools, things like cosmetology and technical schools. Currently, students can only use the TOPS Technical Award for those types of schools.

HB 1000, which was sponsored by Rep. Wayne Waddell, R-Shreveport, passed unanimously Tuesday morning.

"We should be opening our arms and embracing these students wanting to learn skills to go into the workforce," said Rep. Pat Smith, D-Baton Rouge. "This is what we want our students to do, to get skill training no matter where it's at."

The committee also passed a bill that would give schools and school districts letter grades. This is a companion to a Senate bill moving through the Capitol. Schools are currently given star ratings.

SB 302, which was sponsored by Sen. Conrad Appel, R-Metairie, passed by a vote of 9-6.

"This bill is a morale killer for our teachers," said Rep. Charles Chaney, D-Rayville. "I think I'm just going to call it the Terminal Teacher Morale Bill."

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