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Bill Would Encourage Technical Education

The state Senate has passed a bill that would designate high school diplomas as college-ready, career-ready, or both. Senate Bill 14 passed unanimously yesterday and will now head to the House. The measure would ensure that all high school diplomas in North Carolina designate what a student intends to do after high school. Republican Senator Jerry Tillman is a sponsor of the measure. He says he's glad the bill is heading to the House.

"It will be hopefully be passed over there, in committee and on the floor and go to the governor, and he's anxious to sign it."

Right now high school diplomas aren't marked differently, but students can already choose to follow different study plans, from college prep to technical courses. To get a diploma, requirements include finishing Algebra 2 and one additional math class, as well as six electives.

Jessica Jones covers both the legislature in Raleigh and politics across the state. Before her current assignment, Jessica was given the responsibility to open up WUNC's first Greensboro Bureau at the Triad Stage in 2009. She's a seasoned public radio reporter who's covered everything from education to immigration, and she's a regular contributor to NPR's news programs. Jessica started her career in journalism in Egypt, where she freelanced for international print and radio outlets. After stints in Washington, D.C. with Voice of America and NPR, Jessica joined the staff of WUNC in 1999. She is a graduate of Yale University.
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