HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A task force examining Connecticut’s state-run technical high schools plans to hold several public hearings in the next few months.

Patricia Ciccone, superintendent of the system that manages the 16 schools, told the state Board of Education on Wednesday that the task force might have a draft report as soon as mid-December.

About 11,000 students attend the schools, which offer a college prep curriculum and training in 38 technical areas.

Connecticut lawmakers created the committee this year to suggest ways to strengthen the schools and compare the cost, benefits and drawbacks of transferring them to the control of the municipalities where they are located. That idea drew strong protests when legislators considered it last spring.

The task force’s next meeting will be Oct. 17 at Eli Whitney Tech in Hamden.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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