“Four out of five voters say Washington state’s high schools and colleges are failing to teach students real-world skills, or truly prepare them for the workplace, according to a recent state poll.

“To try to better connect students with jobs, the state launched a public-private initiative in March called Career Connect Washington that aims to link high-school and college classes to jobs. One of the ideas: Allowing more high-school students to leave campus for paid internships at local businesses and in exchange, receive high-school credit.”

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