State wants delay in career path program

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia Department of Education officials are asking state lawmakers to agree to a one-year delay of a program stemming from a new state law requiring students to pick a career path by ninth grade.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that education officials are requesting that the program's launch be delayed until the 2013-14 school year.

The law requires ninth-graders to settle on a job in one of 17 broad fields, or career pathways, such as agriculture, education and finance. Then throughout high school, the students would take at least some courses geared toward their career interests.

Mike Buck, chief academic officer for the state Department of Education, said officials want more time to make sure the program is set up correctly and responsive to business and industry needs.

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)

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