ACTE Statement on Making Education Affordable and Accessible Act
March 24, 2017
Jarrod Nagurka, ACTE
ACTE Statement on Making Education Affordable and Accessible
VA – Today, U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Bill Cassidy
(R-LA), John Boozman (R-AR) and Al Franken (D-MN), along with U.S.
Representatives Jared Polis (D-CO) and Tom Reed (R-NY), reintroduced the Making Education Affordable and Accessible
Act (MEAA) (S. 718 and H.R. 1710). The bill aims to improve access to higher education for
secondary students through dual and concurrent enrollment programs.
to a press release from Senator Peters’ office, the
bill would use funds provided under the Higher Education Act to provide grants
to postsecondary institutions to:
dual and concurrent enrollment programs for secondary students.
professional development to educators teaching these programs.
other aspects of the programs, like course design, community outreach and
The release included the following
statement from ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson:
high-quality career and technical education provides millions of students with
opportunities to earn college credit and industry credentials through
concurrent and dual enrollment programs. The Making Education Affordable and Accessible Act (MEAA) will
strengthen the secondary-postsecondary transition for high school CTE students
pursuing college credit and will support professional development activities
for CTE teachers. ACTE is pleased to endorse MEAA and thanks the bill’s
sponsors for their leadership.”
bills were introduced in the House and Senate last year.
The Association for Career and
Technical Education is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association
committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for
successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals,
including educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and
others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing
advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development
and leadership opportunities.