House ESEA Reauthorization Closing Gap to Career Readiness
June 18, 2013
House ESEA Reauthorization Starts Closing Gap in Career Readiness
Last week, Chairman John Kline (R-MN) of the House Committee
on Education and the Workforce Committee released legislation to reauthorize
the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as No Child
Left Behind (NCLB), and announced a full committee markup of the proposed bill,
the Student Success Act (H.R. 5).
The Student Success Act is a combination of three bills
passed by the committee in the previous Congress, the Encouraging Innovation
and Effective Teachers Act, the Empowering Parents Through Quality Charter
Schools Act, and the Student Success Act, with a few changes.
The new bill includes some positive changes for CTE including
the repeal of NCLB’s “High Quality Teacher” provisions, inclusion of CTE
teachers in the planning and implementation of Title I and allowing occupational skill
development and work-based learning as acceptable uses of Title I funds.
Despite these good provisions, the bill still does not fully support the “career-ready”
aspect of learning.
ACTE would like to see the following changes in Chairman
- Include CTE standards and employability skill
standards in the accountability system.
- Require reporting of students’ career and
technical skill attainment on state and school report cards, in accordance with
the Perkins Act.
- Better alignment of CTE courses with core
academic courses through professional development and co-planning time.
- Reinstate the Elementary and Secondary
Counseling Program and increase support for career guidance.
ACTE and the National Association of State Directors of
Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) circulated a letter yesterday to the chairman and other members of the committee to
highlight our areas of support and concerns.
The committee markup will be held tomorrow, June 18. ACTE will be monitoring amendments
offered, and will report the outcome when the markup concludes. Brendan
Desetti, ACTE’s legislative liaison, will also be live tweeting the event for