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The Clinton administration and other boosters of youth apprenticeship programs can take heart from a survey released this week by the National Alliance of Business. The poll of 6,800 high school principals and small-business owners found broad agreement that the two groups should join forces to better prepare students for the workplace.

Ninety-five percent of the principals surveyed said they would be willing to alter their school's curriculum to include courses geared to particular careers.

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Only 26 percent of employers surveyed said they would not spend time and money working with a school, but of that group, 80 percent said they would do so if the government offered subsidies or tax credits.

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