FAA shuts down special hiring track at schools

The Federal Aviation Administration has discontinued a special track for high-performing college students that put them at the head of the line to be hired by the FAA as air traffic controllers. The change means that qualifying students at 36 participating schools will no longer be put on a waiting list to get jobs at the FAA but instead will be considered in the same pool as the general public. The change, the FAA says, is meant to reduced wait times and costs, but students and schools complain it means they've made big investments in specialized training and equipment for nothing.

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