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McCrory's 1st bill as governor: new diplomas for HS grads

By Associated Press
Published On: Feb 18 2013 05:36:59 AM CST
Updated On: Feb 18 2013 03:19:56 PM CST
ASHEBORO, N.C. -

Republican Pat McCrory signed his first bill as North Carolina governor Monday, putting into law a proposal calling for new diplomas for high school graduates that fits well into his campaign platform to get public schools to better prepare students to go to work.

The law requires the State Board of Education develop by the fall of 2014 new diplomas that make clear whether a student is ready for college, ready a vocational career, or both. The bill received final approval from the General Assembly last week.

The bill also tells the board to look at ways to make it easier to license vocational and technical teachers.

McCrory said he was proud that this will be the first law with his signature on it.

"We must ensure our education system provides opportunities and pathways for our students to get the necessary knowledge and skills to fulfill their post-graduation goals, whether that be entering the workforce or continuing on to getting a higher degree," the governor said.

The bill was signed in Asheboro at Randolph Community College's industrial center. The bill's primary sponsor, Sen. Jerry Tillman, is a Republican from Randolph County.

"In these tough economic times it is important that we teach our students the critical thinking and technical skills required to get a job," Tillman said.