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Congressional CTE Caucus


In 2007, former Reps. Brian Baird (D-WA) and Phil English (R-PA) launched the Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. The caucus, now chaired by Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) and Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI), serves as a promotion vehicle for legislation, ideas and information related to CTE. The mission statement of the caucus is:

“The Career and Technical Education Caucus is a bi-partisan group of Members of Congress created to enhance awareness in Congress of the importance of career and technical education in preparing a well-educated and skilled workforce in America.”

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February 16, 2011

Despite all the efforts to undermine CTE programs, on Feb. 15, Congressional CTE Caucus Co-chair Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) made a statement on the floor asking his colleagues to join the caucus and support CTE. Rep. Thompson spoke about the importance of CTE programs and reminded members that these programs exist in every congressional district. He highlighted the importance of having trained, skilled workers and emphasized that CTE is the way to ensure we have a competitive, successful workforce.

Reps. Thompson and Langevin (D-RI) co-chair the caucus and have been circulating a letter asking other representatives to join. If your representative is not a member of the caucus, please urge him or her to join.

This floor statement is welcomed news considering the current proposals to slash CTE funding for Fiscal Years 2011 and 2012. CTE needs more champions like these two Members— it is important to call your representatives and senators and remind them that CTE is crucial to your community. For more information and talking points, be sure to visit www.acteonline.org/saveCTEfunding.aspx.

Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson (PA-5), a member of the CTE Caucus, takes the importance of CTE to the House floor


Archived Updates and Historical Information

Resources, Positions & Statements:

2010 Caucus Recruitment Letter July 2010

Letter in Support of Appropriations Committee Amendment to Increase Perkins 6/26/08

Video of Rep. Baird's Policymaker of the Year Acceptance Speech 3/11/08

Video of Rep. English's Policymaker of the Year Acceptance Speech 3/11/08

Baird/English Press Release on the Passage of the CTE Month Resolution 2/26/08

Video of Rep. Baird's Comments During House Debate of the CTE Month Resolution 2/25/08

Baird/English CTE Month Resolution Press Release1/18/08

2008 CTE Month Congressional Resolution1/17/08

Harry Snyder's remarks at the CTE Congressional Caucus Briefing 9/28/07

Rep. Phil English's remarks at the CTE Congressional Caucus Briefing 9/28/07

CTE Caucus Co-Chair Baird's Comments on Perkins Funding 7/20/07

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With a growing national focus on data and accountability to help students succeed in education and careers, collecting high-quality data and sharing it across different agencies is more important than ever. For CTE, data quality and access issues include appropriately measuring student achievement, including the attainment of high-quality credentials; ensuring the quality of Perkins-funded CTE programs; and providing data to consumers on the connection between education and labor market outcomes.

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