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Perry Tech says WASL Grad Requirements Force High Schools to Cut Electives

YAKIMA, Wa -  Some technical schools in the state have expressed concern that WASL graduation requirements could lower enrollment at technical schools.  Perry tech say enrollment at it school is up 37-students this year, But they also say it's still too early to tell if WASL graduation requirements will impact enrollment down the road because they don't go into effect in 2008. 

Perry Tech's president says one thing he doesn't like is that high schools are cutting vocational electives and replacing them with more math classes.  

"I think some students don't plan on going to the University of Washington," says J. Tuman, President of Perry Tech, "And if they're looking at vocational programs, eliminating those electives is not in their best interest."

Tuman went on to say that some students have an easier time learning math concepts when they can apply them in real life situations.  He says Perry Tech may start to see more students who drop out and get a GED rather than a diploma.  

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