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Senator Begich Completes CTE Legislation Package


March 19, 2013


Senator Begich Completes CTE Legislation Package

As part of a package of career and technical education related legislation, Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) introduced two bills aimed at professional development for CTE educators and modernization for CTE facilities.

The Professional Development for Educators Act of 2013 (S. 441) provides additional funding through Title II of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to examine current, and develop new, professional development opportunities for educators. The bill includes a provision that 25 percent of funding for the program be dedicated to professional development activities that involve science, technology, engineering, mathematics and CTE.

The Career and Technical Education Facilities Modernization Act (S. 439) provides $75 million for the modernization, renovation or repair of a facility that will be used to improve the quality and availability of career and technical education. The bill also allows funds to be used to make a one-time repair of serviceable equipment or replacement of equipment at the end of its serviceable lifespan at the facility.

These two bills complete Senator Begich’s CTE legislation package, which also includes the Counseling for Career Choice Act. All three bills would modify the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to enhance CTE and better integrate academic and technical courses.

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