As Gov. Bobby Jindal pushes for “more choice” for school children and their parents in the form of charter schools and vouchers, he’s also calling for a more high-tech solution — and he’s pointing to local schools as an example of how to do it.Jindal wants more students to enroll in the Louisiana Virtual School, a statewide program that offers Internet courses to home-schooled children.
Louisiana Virtual School offers a full range of high-school classes from English, math and biology basics to electives such as game design and fine arts. Parents can enroll their child in the school through the administration of their current traditional school.
The program has grown rapidly since its creation in the 2000-01 school year. When it started, the state offered 12 courses to 130 students in nine school districts; last year, 5,234 students from 68 school districts took more than 68 courses.
Students in Terrebonne and Lafourche participate in the virtual school. One of those students is Nicholas Gonzalez of Schriever, who will soon be 17 years old.