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Congress Heads Home for 2 Weeks


April 11, 2014


Congress Heads Home for 2 Weeks

This afternoon will see a mass exodus of senators and representatives from Capitol Hill as they head back to their states and districts for the next two weeks. This congressional recess, from April 12 – 27, is an opportune time for you to set up meetings or arrange school visits with your Members of Congress as they are near your homes and schools.

Advocating for CTE at home is a key part of continuing the bipartisan support CTE receives in Congress. As we head into a reauthorization of the Perkins CTE Act, this “back home” advocacy is especially vital to make sure your voice is heard on Capitol Hill. Building a relationship with your Members of Congress or their staff will set you up as an expert on CTE and will have policymakers asking for your input when drafting legislation that will impact your classroom.

So what can you do to support your program, students and community during this recess?

  • Host a school visit for your Senators or Representatives at your CTE program.
  • Attend a coffee hour or town hall hosted by your Member of Congress, or say hello during a community event.
  • Set up an in person meeting with your Member or their staff at their district office.
  • Send an e-mail from your couch in support of CTE.
To find contact information for your Members or the location of their offices nearest you, visit the CTE Action Center’s directory. For information on possible town halls, coffee hours or other community events, check out the social media pages of your Members or their official websites.

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