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State Senate Approves Radcliffe High School Diploma

(1/24/12)  Representative Mark Radcliffe (D-Black River Falls) released the following

statement regarding the Wisconsin State Senate approving his Technical Education High School

Diploma legislation:

“Today, the Wisconsin State Senate took up my Technical Education High School Diploma bill, and I

was pleased to see that the Senate approved the bill for passage on a wide, bi-partisan voice vote. The

bill authorizes a school board to grant a technical high school diploma to a pupil if they meet the district

graduation requirements and successfully complete a technical program, such as welding or certified

nursing assistant. This bill meets a critical need in our state to help train a highly skilled workforce. I

am calling on the leadership in the Assembly to schedule this important legislation for a vote so we can

continue the important work of educating our children and preparing them for work in a global

economy. I look forward to working with our educators, school districts, business leaders, and fellow

legislators as this bill moves through the process.”

“When I speak with high school students many say that they would take advantage of such a technical

diploma program while in school. This bill will give schools options in education and offer many

students the chance to learn a trade while in school. They can then use this to help market themselves to

employers who have told me they fully support the idea. Under this bill, businesses will have more

incentive to reinvest in schools given that the students will be able to learn skills that the businesses need

their employees to have. In order to compete in a rapidly changing global economy and bring jobs back

to Wisconsin, we need a skilled workforce and this bill is a piece of that puzzle.”

 

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