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CTE Month in Congress


February 28, 2014


CTE Month in Congress

In addition to working with Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) to establish a new Senate CTE Caucus to start off CTE Month, ACTE has continued working with Members of Congress throughout the month to celebrate and recognize February 2014 as CTE Month.

Congressional CTE Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) and Jim Langevin (D-RI) both visited CTE schools in their districts during CTE Month to connect with CTE teachers, students and administrators. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) also finished up a tour of Wisconsin’s technical college system, which she had begun in conjunction with her recent legislation supporting CTE programs that include focuses on energy efficiency and sustainability.

On Feb. 25, Rep. Thompson took to the House floor to recognize February as CTE Month. His speech on the floor called for other House members to do more to ensure students are prepared for the workforce with the technical skills and education for a high-wage, in-demand career. We expect his fellow CTE Caucus co-chair to make similar remarks on Friday, Feb. 28. This blog will be updated to reflect those statements.


In another show of recognition, the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus Co-Chairs, Sens. Kaine and Portman, along with Sen. Baldwin, introduced a resolution in the Senate on Feb. 26 to declare February 2014 as CTE Month.

This was the first resolution designating February as CTE Month since 2008, when former Reps. Brian Baird (D-WA) and Phil English (R-PA), then co-chairs of the House CTE Caucus, introduced a resolution in the House.

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