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House ESEA Reauthorization Closing Gap to Career Readiness

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June 18, 2013

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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 Kline’s bill:

  • 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 members, @CTEchief.

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