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State leaders push for more technical education

Posted February 26, 2009

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— Public high schools should place more emphasis on technical and vocational education, Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson and state Sen. Harry Brown said Thursday.

In a recent poll, 91 percent of respondents supported expanding career and technical programs for high school students, said Brown, R-Jones.

Brown said he has drafted a bill that would allow local school boards to reorganize all high schools that have a graduation rate of less than 60 percent for two consecutive years.

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  • agricon3 Feb 26, 2009

    Amen kadee but the sad fact is more people will comment on the dog story than have any concern about children getting a fufilling education. The only reason my friend's son stays in HS is to go to auto mechanics class. He's very good at it and the class keeps him in school. I hope Brown's legislation gets meatier and pushes harder for more vocational classes.

  • nonemeant Feb 26, 2009

    I have been teaching school for over fifteen years and I say it is a case of too much too little too late. These courses like carpentry, bricklaying , and auto repair should never have been taken off HS campuses. We instructors know and have always known that the high drop rate is directly correlated to the low offering of these classes. Potential dropouts have more need of this than required Algebra and Biology that are being forced fed down their throats and rejected via low grades and low motivation.

  • WRALblows Feb 26, 2009

    "Brown said he has drafted a bill that would allow local school boards to reorganize all high schools that have a graduation rate of less than 60 percent for two consecutive years."

    So which high schools have a drop out rate of 40%?