Texas has cut a new school year short in the wake of a measles outbreak that has claimed hundreds of lives.
But the state has not closed a school for the foreseeable future.
Instead, it’s giving students a second chance at a job in the state’s booming cosmetography industry.
Cosmetology graduates are given jobs in hotels, restaurants and bars, and some schools are now offering the industry’s top positions in hotels and restaurants.
They also receive training to become more skilled.
The Cosmetological Institute of America, the state-funded industry association, has long called for the state to shut down the program because it’s too expensive.
But Texas Gov.
Greg Abbott recently told The Associated Press that he would not reopen the program in the coming school year.
Abbott has been at odds with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over the issue of whether or not the CDC should mandate the use of a vaccine to prevent the spread of measles.
The state has also cut funding to the school.
The decision to shut the school down came after Texas had already closed one for the year due to a measles pandemic.
The governor said the state would not be able to maintain the program’s enrollment numbers, which are at a record low, as they are now.
Abbott said that he had concerns about the program when he first announced it in March.
He cited a study conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics that concluded the cost of vaccinating students could be more than $20,000.
Abbott, a Republican, also told The AP he would sign a bill to create an independent panel to review the program if it doesn’t meet the requirements of the federal law.