Course Choice demand exceeds 2,000 slots

Demand for nontraditional public school courses has exceeded the 2,000 available slots, state education officials said Monday.

The program, called Course Choice, is a pilot project aimed at offering hard-to-get classes for students through unusual sources, including online firms.

The initiative stems from a 2012 state law pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal. The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in June approved the use of $2 million in federal funds from an oil and gas settlement that have aided schools since 1986 to pay for the courses.

In a prepared statement, state Superintendent of Education John White said about 500 families will remain on a waiting list, and will be notified if additional spaces or funds surface.

Students attending public schools rated C, D or F can take the classes without charge.

Those attending schools rated A or B can do so if the course is not offered in their district.