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ASSOCIATION FOR CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION®

Election Watch 2016

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Elections provide an important opportunity for the CTE community to further our advocacy goals and spread awareness about CTE’s important role in addressing employment, economic growth and other critical issues facing our country. While ACTE does not endorse any candidate for public office, we are committed to providing the resources necessary for CTE advocates to actively engage in the electoral process. 

Take Action

Through our partnership with the national organization Nonprofit VOTE, ACTE  can provide tools and information on grassroots voter registration, mobilization and get-out-the-vote techniques that can be use to promote CTE issues during this election season.

  • Nonpartisan Engagement - 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, which may include ACTE’s state associations and career and technical student organizations, are not permitted to do any partisan activities supporting or opposing a candidate for public office. It is important that these organizations act in a nonpartisan manner while participating in voter education and engagement activities.   
  • Voter Registration - Register to vote and encourage others to register as well. Conduct a voter registration drive. Educate others on registration deadlines and make sure that registrations are up-to-date. 
  • Voter Education - When is the next election? What is on the ballot? Where is my polling place? Promote CTE issues at the ballot box by educating yourself and serving as a resource on voting information for others.     
  • Candidate Engagement - Host a candidate forum or invite a candidate to visit your program. Attend town halls and other campaign events to ask questions about CTE issues and communicate the importance of those issues to the candidates. 
  • Get Out the Vote - Communicate the importance of voting as a part of advocating for CTE issues. Encourage others to go to the polls or take advantage of early voting options. 

Congress 

With the upcoming reauthorization of several important pieces of legislation including the Perkins Act and Higher Education Act, as well as the continued threat of budget austerity in federal CTE funding, the battle for control of the 115th Congress will significantly impact the future of education and workforce development policy. In 2016, all of the 435 seats in House of Representatives and 34 of the 100 seats in the Senate will be up for grabs.

2016 Senate Races by State 

Alabama 

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maryland

Missouri

Nevada

New Hampshire

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

South Carolina

South Dakota

Utah

Vermont

Washington

Wisconsin

 

  


Governors 

Governors play a major role in setting the education and workforce development agenda in their states. They are responsible for implementing the state’s CTE policies and for establishing a state budget to fund CTE programs. In 2016, gubernatorial elections will be held in 12 states.

2016 Gubernatorial Races by State

Delaware

Indiana

Missouri

Montana

New Hampshire

North Carolina

North Dakota

Oregon

Utah

Vermont

Washington

West Virginia


State Ballot Issues 

Voters in some states will have the opportunity to decide on important ballot measures addressing education and workforce training issues. These ballot initiatives allow voters to weigh in directly on proposed changes to state policies. Though varied from state to state, common types of ballot initiatives include popular referendums, state constitutional amendments, bond funding issues and tax proposals.

2016 State Education Ballot Measures

State

Title

Summary

Alaska

Measure 2

Authorizes the approval of up to 12 new charter schools or enrollment expansions in existing charter schools by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

California

Proposition 51

Authorizes issuance and sale of $9 billion in bonds for education and schools

Georgia

Opportunity School District Amendment

Permits the state to intervene in “chronically failing” public schools

Louisiana

Amendment 2

Allows postsecondary education boards to establish tuition amounts for their respective institutions without legislative approval

Massachusetts

Question 2

Authorizes the approval of up to 12 new charter schools or enrollment expansions in existing charter schools by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

North Dakota

Constitutional Measure 2

Allows allocation of some extraction tax revenue to schools to offset reductions in other state aid

Oklahoma

State Question 779

Increases the state sales tax by one percent to generate $615 million a year for education

Oregon

Initiative Petition 65

Requires state funding for dropout-prevention and career and college readiness programs in Oregon high schools

South Dakota

Constitutional Amendment R

Empowers the legislature to determine who governs postsecondary technical education institutes

*This is a sample of state education ballot measures. For additional information on state and local ballot initiatives in your area, contact your local election official.

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