As we come to the end of July, the next school year is right around the corner. State Superintendent of Education John White joined Rob Kirkpatrick and Bernadette Lee to talk about the excitement of starting another school year.

In their discussion, White discussed the ACT scores released on Monday, showing an upward trend of student performance across Louisiana. He talked about how raising expectations of students is what is leading to higher scores over the past five years.

White also spoke about the education forums, which begin in Lafayette today, and what he hopes they accomplish.

And, finally, this led to a discussion about career education and how he believes, for the past two generations, there has been “an ugly stigma against career education.” He spoke against the notion that the only way to be successful in society is to go to a 4-year university and discussed on –the-job training.