House sends technical education bill to the governor
North Carolina diplomas would bear endorsements that show a student is ready for a technical career or college study. Gov. Pat McCrory campaigned on a similar concept.Posted — Updated
Officials with the state Department of Public Instruction told House members earlier in the day that school officials also backed the bill.
Rep. Hugh Blackwell, R-Burke, said a diploma shouldn't just signify the end of high school.
"It is something that should lead somewhere," Blackwell said.
The bill had bipartisan support. Rep. Becky Carney, D-Mecklenburg, pointed out that President Barack Obama had mentioned something similar in his State of the Union address.
Some members grumbled about the measure and the fact that it came to the floor the same day it passed committee.
"The committee substitute is a feel good bill," said Rep. Paul Luebke, D-Durham. "There's not much in it."
Rep. Carla Cunningham, D-Mecklenburg, was the only member of either the House or Senate to vote against the bill.
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