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States Enact CTE Policies and Legislation


May 2, 2014


States Enact CTE Policies and Legislation

Following our recent release tracking state CTE policy in 2013, co-authored with the National Association of State Directors of CTE Consortium (NASDCTEc), a new publication from the Education Commission of the States also charts recent state CTE activity.

Author Jennifer Dounay Zinth identifies trends and provides examples of state legislation and policy, such as:

  • developing new governance structures, including the Indiana Works Council, the Alabama Workforce Council and legislation in Florida to allow local boards to create a CTE-specific governing board aligned with business and industry
  • using data for program decision-making, including efforts in North Carolina to align education, workforce development and industry information on local and state levels
  • aligning secondary and postsecondary education, such as funding for CTE dual enrollment in Alabama as well as Louisiana's Jump Start program
  • incentivizing industry credentials, such as a North Carolina bill that lets students take an industry certification exam for free the first time
  • expanding work-based learning, including significant investment in Indiana and Ohio as well as Oregon legislation that counts apprenticeship toward state educational attainment goals
For more in-depth information on recent CTE policies in each state, check out ACTE and NASDCTEc's "State Policies Impacting CTE: 2013 Year in Review."

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