Districts embrace career overhaul

Three of four public school districts in Louisiana will take part in a bid to revamp career and technical education training, the state Department of Education announced Monday.

The program, which is called Jump Start, is supposed to align school districts, two-year colleges and private firms into regional teams to prepare high school juniors and seniors for top-paying jobs.

Twelve regional teams representing 52 school districts signed up, the department said in a prepared statement.

Nine of those teams representing 45 school districts applied for funding and will collect about $450,000 for the 2014-15 school year.

“The three-quarters of districts signed up for Jump Start’s first year shows the overwhelming energy educators have for providing students these opportunities,” state Superintendent of Education John White said.