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Benishek CTE Amendment Adopted on Bipartisan Vote

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July 18, 2013

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Benishek CTE Amendment Adopted on Bipartisan Vote

Earlier today, Rep. Dan Benishek (R-MI) introduced a CTE amendment to the Student Success Act (H.R. 5), the House bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The amendment encourages states to include information on student achievement of career and technical proficiencies on their state and school report cards. Thanks to the efforts of advocates around the country that have worked to show Congress the importance of CTE student achievement, it was adopted on a bipartisan basis!

Modeled after a similar amendment offered by Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) to the Senate's ESEA reauthorization bill, the amendment makes data currently collected under the Carl D. Perkins CTE Act more accessible and decipherable by students, parents, teachers, administrators and policymakers. These measures will help those stakeholders better understand the connection between CTE, graduation rates and postsecondary and workforce success, and help us promote our programs' achievements.

ACTE worked closely with Rep. Benishek in introducing the amendment, and is supportive of his efforts to better align CTE programs under the Perkins Act with the ESEA. We appreciate the grassroots action of everyone who contacted their Members of Congress today in support of this amendment!

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