ACTE Voices Support for Creating Quality Technical Educators Act
September 18, 2014
Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Executive Director LeAnn Wilson today expressed her support for the Creating Quality Technical Educators Act of 2014, introduced by Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Rob Portman (R-OH) on September 18, 2014. The bill would allow for local education agencies (LEAs) to access Teacher Quality Partnership grants for individuals pursuing career and technical education (CTE) teaching opportunities. The grants would fund partnerships between LEAs and postsecondary teacher preparation programs that provide vital pedagogical and technical training, as well as mentorship and ongoing professional development for new teachers.
"The Creating Quality Technical Educators Act provides another path to the classroom for professionals with invaluable experience in technical fields and a passion for preparing students for college and career success." Wilson said. "By opening the door for future CTE educators to existing Teacher Quality Partnership grants, these Senators have found a creative solution to the challenges posed by our nation's critical shortage of CTE educators. This legislation will connect highly-skilled professionals, American veterans and dedicated educators with the resources to access rigorous educator training and technical expertise they will apply in the CTE classroom."
Furthermore, the legislation ensures that grant recipients will meet the needs of local educational institutions by requiring a needs assessment of available CTE educator career opportunities. These steps ensure that the funds will make meaningful progress in addressing LEA needs for CTE professionals while providing students with robust CTE curriculum.