Mo. district to open hospital-based academy for 8th-grade students

Springfield, Mo., schools are preparing to launch a new health sciences academy in a working hospital, believed to be the first program of its kind nationwide. The program, set to open in August 2014, is expected to enroll about 50 eighth-grade students interested in a future career in the health care industry. Officials expect to work out details, logistics and renovations necessary for the program in the coming year.

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