MN State Lawmaker Wants "13th Grade"

By KBJR News 1

March 18, 2013 Updated Mar 18, 2013 at 7:47 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - For many Minnesota students, the next step after high school graduation is typically college, but what about those who aren't quite ready yet?

One state lawmaker says his bill establishing a 13th grade could make all the difference.

Sen. Jeff Hayden (DFL-South Minneapolis) says the proposed pilot project would offer remedial work and mentors for students who may be slipping through the cracks and need more help.

The Minneapolis Urban League hatched the idea; one that Sen. Hayden says could help with the future development projects in the state, like the new Vikings Stadium.

"We know we need good skilled workers," Sen. Hayden said. "We want to make sure those young people get an opportunity from everything from designing them, to doing the business and development work on that, and if they need to pick up a hammer to help build that."

A Senate panel approved the bill last week.

The pilot project, if signed into law, would launch first in Minneapolis.

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