The U.S. Department of Education (ED) on June 6 said it would investigate allegations of sexual discrimination in the high school vocational and technology-education programs of 12 states. The statement came immediately after a nationwide report found female students often are discouraged from pursuing higher-paying technology careers.

The report, "Title IX and Equal Opportunity in Vocational and Technical Education: A Promise Still Owed to the Nation's Young Women," written by the National Women's Law Center (NWLC), states that female students have fewer chances than their male counterparts to participate in "high-technology" programs, such

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