EXETER — They may not be studying advanced calculus or conducting experiments in chem lab, but their aspirations post-high school are the same when compared to students in other classrooms: striking out on their own, finding a job they can enjoy, and being happy.

But a recent report contends the state increasingly leaves them in the lurch, and leaves local taxpayers paying the price.

When Life Skills teacher Anita McKeown asks her students to choose among hypothetical community college courses, they smile at the prospects. Jesse Sherlinski picks metal welding “so I can make a suit of armor.” Ashley Tietjen shyly says she would make a rose with skills learned in the same class. Victoria Young is more adventurous, raising her hand for almost every suggested course, and raising both hands for the one that would teach paper making.

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