Career-tech becomes college prep, mostly white | Joanne

Ninth-grader Ivan Szasz pilots a boat during a field trip for marine biology students from the Marine Academy of Science and Technology in Highlands, N.J. Photo: Mark AbramsonEducation Week

Rigorous career-tech programs such as New Jersey’s Marine Academy of Science and Technology (MAST) prepare students for top colleges and careers, writes Catherine Gewertz in Education Week. However many career-and-college programs are selective — and primarily enroll middle-class white students.

On a chilly spring morning, 18 teenagers clamber aboard a 65-foot research vessel and become marine…

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