Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal signs three higher education bills into law

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Gov. Bobby Jindal signed three bills into law Monday that will make changes to higher education scholarship eligibility, college testing rules and the Baton Rouge-area community and technical college system.

Under House Bill 343, schools will be prohibited from administering any LEAP tests, or college exams, such as the ACT, to students with disabilities who are not pursuing a regular high school diploma. The student would still have to take the tests if their individual education plan, or IEP, calls for it or if the student's parents choose to "opt in" their child for the testing.

The legislation, one of the most-widely discussed in the halls of the Capitol during the legislative session, had strong support from parents of special education students who called the mandatory testing for unprepared students "tantamount to abuse."

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