Forget the old-fashioned "vocational ed" classes that sent students on a decidedly non-college track, reports the New York Times: Over the last quarter-century, a new kind of high school program known as a career academy has proliferated--and research suggests these programs can give students a significant leg up on their career. Especially popular in low-income districts, career academies combine job placement, college preparation, and classes beyond the vocational trades, from accounting to health care and high-tech fields. Now, a long-term and rigorous evaluation of nine career academies across the country, to be released in Washington, D.C., on June 27, has

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