A nearly 40-year-old arts program in New Orleans is seeking to become a full-day public high school where students can obtain a diploma. The New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts -- which counts Harry Connick Jr. and Wynton Marsalis among its alumni -- has long been providing instruction in music, writing and other arts fields to students who attend other schools in the area. After initial approval from Louisiana's House Education Committee, officials are set to move forward with plans to add subjects such as math and science with a focus on the arts.

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