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ACTE Launches Election Watch 2014

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August 19, 2014

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ACTE Launches Election Watch 2014

Elections do have consequences, and the results can have a major impact on the policies that are created, the legislation that becomes law and funding decisions that affect essential CTE programs. For CTE advocates, elections provide an important opportunity to further advocacy goals and to spread awareness about CTE’s important role in addressing employment, economic growth and other critical issues facing our country. With the upcoming reauthorization of several important pieces of legislation including the Perkins Act, Higher Education Act, and Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as well as the continued threat of budget austerity in federal CTE funding, the battle for control of the next Congress will significantly impact the future of education and workforce development. Additionally, elections for state-wide offices and state ballot initiatives will influence state CTE policies and budget decisions. While ACTE does not endorse any specific political candidates, we are committed to providing the resources necessary for our members and the CTE community to take an active part in the electoral process.

As part of ACTE’s efforts to deliver information and resources during this crucial election cycle, we are pleased to announce the Election Watch 2014 page. Through our partnership with the national organization Nonprofit VOTE, ACTE provides tools and information on grassroots voter registration, mobilization and get-out-the-vote techniques that you can use to promote CTE issues in your state during this election year. You can also get the latest election updates through our ongoing coverage on the CTE Policy Watch blog.

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is a nonpartisan association and does not support or oppose any candidate for public office.

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