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College Isn’t For Everybody, Latino Activists Tell Maryland School District

A group of Latino activists wants the Montgomery County, Md., school system to significantly increase its technical and career training at the high school level. Some experts argue that vocational training discriminates by tracking minority students away from higher education. But the activists say that expanding such programs will better serve Latinos, who make up about 30 percent of Montgomery County’s school population.

They say the school system needs to establish a systematic approach that creates career pathways specifically for Latino boys and girls for whom college is not an option — for example, those with weak English skills or those who have had limited or interrupted education.