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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Louisiana could improve its high school graduation rate of 65 percent by allowing students who are not college-bound to focus more of their classroom time on technical skills, under a bill approved by a Senate committee.
The plan by Republican Sen. Robert Kostelka is an expansion of the state's existing programs that allow some students to get credit for studying trades if they don't want to go to a four-year college after graduation. Students who choose the curriculum track would get a diploma to get them admitted into a technical or community college.
"The whole intent of this bill is to encourage staying in school, finishing school," said …