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Statehouse Sitdown: Armando Vilaseca

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A week after Governor Peter Shumlin announced a major overhaul of the state's education system, we're learning more about the potential changes.

Vermont Education Secretary Armando Vilaseca says pre-school changes will be a priority -- specifically, expanding public pre-schools and making it more affordable so that more families have access to it and kids get into classrooms at an earlier age.

The other priority is to create individual education plans for every student that help guide what classes they should take based on their interests.

"So our goal within five years is that every high school student graduating from Vermont will first of all have taken math classes through Algebra 2 and will leave high school with an idea, at least, of what they're interested in doing and have had some experiences in those areas," Vilaseca says.

Vilaseca says Vermont tech schools are a good example of focusing more on helping students have hands-on learning in potential future careers.


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