Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is urging the New York Board of Regents to approve two initiatives that he says will improve graduation rates and reduce young adult unemployment, the Huffington Post reports. The two proposals -- one tailored for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and another for career and technical education (CTE) -- are intended to better prepare and train workers for the state's high-tech and manufacturing sectors. The programs would be alternative paths toward high school graduation.

"The local workforce does not have the skills needed to fill these jobs," Schumer said during a conference call with...

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