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Background: 

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.”

In 2013, Sens. Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Rob Portman (R-OH) founded the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus to bring attention in the U.S. Senate to improving and strengthening access to CTE. Shortly after founding the caucus, the Senators were joined as co-chairs by Sens. Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI).

House Co-Chairs:

Rep Thompson Official Photo 
Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA)
Rep Langevin Official Photo 
Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI)


 House CTE Caucus Membership List

Senate Co-Chairs:

Sen Kaine Official Photo
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA)
Sen Portman Official Photo 
Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH)
 Sen Baldwin Official Photo 
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
 Sen Enzi Official Photo 
Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY)


The Senate CTE Caucus is still recruiting Senators to join in support of CTE. You can encourage your Senators to join by sending them a message through the CTE Action Center.

Latest Caucus News:

The latest updates can be found on the CTE Caucus section of the CTE Policy Watch blog.

2014 CTE Month in Congress

Reps. Thompson and Langevin took to the House floor to recognize February 2014 as CTE Month. In his speech on the floor, Mr. Thompson called for other House members to do more to ensure students are prepared for the workforce with the technical skills and education for a high-wage, in-demand career.

 


In another show of recognition, the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus Co-Chairs, Sens. Kaine and Portman, along with Sen. Baldwin, introduced a resolution in the Senate on Feb. 26 to declare February 2014 as CTE Month. This was the first resolution designating February as CTE Month since 2008, when former Reps. Brian Baird (D-WA) and Phil English (R-PA), then co-chairs of the House CTE Caucus, introduced a resolution in the House.

Resources, Positions & Statements:

FY2015 Senate Funding Request Letter April 2014

FY2015 House Funding Request Letter April 2014

Senate Resolution Recognizing CTE Month February 2014

2014 Senate Caucus Recruitment Letter January 2014

Sens. Tim Kaine and Rob Portman Announce Caucus January 2014

2013 House Caucus Recruitment Letter March 2013

Independent House CTE Caucus Website

House CTE Caucus Membership List

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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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