Michigan Educators Eyeing More Vocational Education

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High school students could begin getting vocational skills in their freshman year.

That's one of the options that would be available to students under a new high school curriculum proposed by state House Education Committee Chairman Brian Palmer of Romeo.

He laid out some of the details of his proposal during today's taping of public television's "Off the Record" program.

Palmer wants to offer more flexibility to students.

Those who decide to receive vocational training would be taught the core subjects of math, science and English while learning technical skills.

Palmer's proposal comes a month after the State Board of Education approved a new curriculum that requires 18 credits for graduation.