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Date: 12-04-2014;

State may create enhanced high school diploma;

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky's education commissioner says an idea for an enhanced high school diploma is aimed at creating a stronger workforce that can meet the requirements of employers with foreign investments.

Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says that the program called "Kentucky Rising" could be in place by the 2016-17 school year. He says it would allow graduates to get scholarships and early college admission.

He discussed the idea Wednesday at a meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education.
Holliday said in an interview with the Lexington Herald-Leader that he expects Kentucky Rising to be critical in economic development in the state.

He says businesses will have to help state education officials determine criteria for the program.

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