La. Lawmakers Visit Indiana School in Reform Study

SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Legislators from Louisiana, Mississippi and several other states visited a central Indiana school to study ways to redesign high schools.

Lawmakers from Rhode Island, Virginia and Washington, D.C., also went to Shelbyville High School's Student Achievement Center, which provides an alternative study program for about 30 students who complete high school credits working at their own pace.

Students enrolled in the program include those who typically have trouble in regular classrooms. They work three hours at a time. Shelbyville Central Schools Superintendent David Adams says it's important to find innovative ways to help all students graduate from high school.

Lawmakers came to Shelbyville as part of a high school redesign conference hosted by the American Youth Policy Forum and the National Conference of State Legislatures.

When legislators asked about cost, Adams said it was relatively inexpensive.

Louisiana state Representative Austin Badon, who represents part of New Orleans, says the city's just trying to get schools open again and running.