Posted at: 11/24/2012 9:19 AM
By: Associated Press
New York education officials expect to act early next year to give high school students more career-specific pathways toward graduation and the working world.
It's an idea being endorsed as a way to improve graduation rates and fulfill demand for skilled workers in emerging industries.
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer wrote to Education Commissioner John King and Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch this month to support the state's plans to create two alternative high school diplomas. One would focus on science, technology, engineering and math. The other would focus on career and technology education.
Schumer says employers have told him they have trouble filling positions for machinists, welders and electrical engineers.