High School Vocation Education Programs Get Dedicated Funding Stream

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau

Wednesday, the Senate created a dedicated funding stream for high school vocational education programs to train students for the jobs that might be available when they graduate.

Fairbanks Democrat Joe Thomas says the bill provides a thirty eight million dollar increase to be shared among local schools to boost the base student allocation. More than eleven million of that money will go to vocational-education programs.

Thomas says he’s learned that in some school districts vocational education programs have to compete with other programs for enough money to keep them going. He says they are usually classified with special education, bi-lingual students and gifted students.

The Bill next goes to the House for consideration.

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