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'A caste system of education': Baltimore's vocational programs fail to equitably open doors, audit finds

'A caste system of education': Baltimore's vocational programs fail to equitably open doors, audit finds

Vocational programs with the potential to propel students toward lucrative careers after graduation are concentrated in Baltimore’s top-performing high schools, while struggling schools are typically stuck with programs that funnel teens toward low-paying jobs, a recent audit found.

Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Sonja Santelises said the findings demonstrate that the district is failing students and pledged that the district will take a hard look at its Career and Technical Education — or CTE — offerings. The school system has long described these programs, which can allow students to earn industry-recognized certifications along with a high school diploma, as a clear path to...

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