Tim James pushes jobs for Alabama high schoolers

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim James says Alabama should greatly expand its school-to-work programs to get more high school students working in businesses and industries in the afternoon.

The Greenville businessman says it's a low-cost way to improve Alabama's work force development and reduce high school dropouts.

James says the programs should be expanded statewide so that juniors and seniors can leave school at midday and spend the afternoons in jobs similar to apprenticeships. He predicts many of them would continue with the same companies in full-time jobs after

James unveiled his proposal Thursday on the Capitol steps in Montgomery.

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