The time is drawing near for Georgia 8th graders to choose a career path. They have to make a decision by the end of the school year under the state's new Career Pathways mandate. But in many districts like Savannah-Chatham, deadlines are arriving even sooner.
State education officials have announced they've developed courses for a new education model geared toward helping students find potential career paths. Officials from the Georgia Department of Education say the career clusters framework will allow students to choose one of 17 career pathways based on what they'd like to study in college.
Georgia high school students would get a one-year delay before being required to pick a career path under a bill passed by House lawmakers. House lawmakers voted 162-1 on Tuesday to approve the delayed timeline. The legislation now heads to the state Senate. Republican Rep. Randy Nix of LaGrange said he filed the bill at the request of the state Department of Education, which wants to push back the requirement to the 2013-2014 school year.