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Major areas of what?



“Major areas of interest” – which generated all that hubbub two years ago, and this really big list – may no longer be a major area of interest.

Board of Education member Kathleen Shanahan raised the issue this afternoon during a workshop on the BOE’s draft strategic plan (which doesn't mention "major areas of interest.") In hindsight, she said, asking high school students to declare majors “sounds like a mistake.”

“Maybe we gave them too many choices,” she said. “I have no problem saying we tried it and it didn’t work.”

Education Commissioner Eric J. Smith responded: “We could revisit that probably.”

Lucy Hadi, DOE’s chancellor of workforce education, said the state’s recent moves on career and technical education shifted the spotlight. This fall, there are 460 career academies in 66 counties, she told the board. “I think we really have moved past major areas of interest," she said.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:58am]


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