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State leaders push for more technical education

Posted February 26, 2009 1:50 p.m. EST

— 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.