State legislation passed last year to encourage career and technical education is a big hit, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. Under the initiative championed by Gov. Sam Brownback, the state pays the tuition cost of high school students who take classes at local community and technical colleges during their junior and senior years. Last school year, the number of high school students in such classes increased 50 percent, from 3,870 students to 5,800. It is expected to keep growing this year. The initiative comes with a cost, however: $12 million last year.
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