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ACTE Pushes Career Readiness During Senate ESEA Markup

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June 12, 2013

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 ACTE Pushes Career Readiness During Senate ESEA Markup

Yesterday the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee began its two-day markup of the Strengthening America’s Schools Act (S. 1094), which would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, introduced by HELP Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA). The markup offered a chance for Senators on the HELP committee to offer amendments to Chairman Harkin’s bill.

When introduced, the bill made a better attempt to prepare students to be college- and career-ready than previous reauthorization attempts had made in the past, but the bill lacked requirements for schools to report on the career readiness of their students. Instead, the bill required schools to report only on graduation rates, enrollment rates in institutions of higher education and persistence in postsecondary education after one year.

ACTE worked with Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s (D-WI) office to introduce an amendment during the markup to include career readiness measures on state and school report cards. These measures are currently collected under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, but are not included in reports on school performance to parents, students or policymakers.

In addition to Sen. Baldwin’s work, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) provided additional input on the amendment, which enabled it to be adopted with bipartisan support by committee members, one of only a few amendments to do so.

The amendment will become part of the bill when it is presented to the full Senate for debate and further amendments.

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