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This was submitted as an idea to the Politifest 2012 Idea Tournament. VOSD members will vote on the best ideas and on Sept. 19 we’ll announce six contenders (Not a member? Join now to vote). At Politifest on Sept. 29, each of the six finalists will have five minutes to pitch their idea to a panel. The panel rates the ideas and two finalists advance. The crowd at Politifest will vote on a winner. The winner will receive an “idea-inspired” trophy custom-designed by former City Councilwoman Donna Frye. VOSD CEO Scott Lewis will also write about the winner’s idea.

My idea is to create a new career academy partnership between the city of San Diego and the school district to expand and support career academies. This partnership would provide business speakers, advisors, hire interns and employment for graduates. This expansion will drive down the dropout rate and the crime rate. A fuller description can be found in my book, “Disposable Youth: Education or Incarceration?”

James C. Wilson submitted this idea to the Politifest 2012 Idea Tournament. Join us on Sept. 29!

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