Asbury Park Press Editorial: Don’t Shortchange Vocational Education

June 30th, 2014

The Asbury Park Press published an editorial supporting career and technical education and Speaker Prieto’s legislative package on Sunday, June 29.

The paper’s editorial board said:

The Senate is expected to take up the bills in the fall. Action on them can’t come soon enough… 

The need for expansion of vocational programs is clear…

Given the relatively low percentage of high school graduates in urban and some suburban districts who go on to college – not to mention the high percentage of students in urban districts who never even graduate from high school – there is an obvious disconnect between the curricula and the need to prepare students for the work world in many school systems…

The word “vocational,” when used in combination with “training,” has a stigma attached to it in this country that is not shared by most of the affluent nations in the Western world.

“College prep” isn’t for everyone. It is time the state’s political and educational leaders come to grips with that – and shape their curricula and their budgets accordingly.

Read the full editorial.

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