Crowding May Push Students Into Unwanted Vocational Classes

03/27/2002 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Vocational classes offered under the Los Angeles school district's Regional Occupational Program often serve as a repository for students in overcrowded schools that can't afford to offer college prep courses, a report says. Jeannie Oakes, an associate dean at UCLA, says the problem exists nationwide in schools that serve less-wealthy minority populations. Critics say the practice tracks good students into low-wage careers.

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