December 1, 2015
Association for Career and Technical Education Endorses Every Student Succeeds Act
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) has announced its support for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). This bipartisan legislation includes critical measures to strengthen the role of CTE in our nation’s K-12 education system and prepare more students to graduate from high school ready for college and careers.
“This legislation to reauthorize ESEA is a major step toward ensuring that all students have access to a high-quality education, including CTE, that prepares them for a brighter future,” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. “I speak for ACTE members nationwide in thanking our partners in Congress for their recognition of CTE’s role in supporting student success, and for working with our Association and its members to make these ideas a reality. I now encourage the full Congress to act in support of this bill on behalf of our students and their future.”
Through leadership from both parties and chambers, ESSA places an unprecedented priority on the alignment and integration of academics and CTE, and emphasizes the importance of students’ access to career exploration and enhanced labor market information from their school counselors. In addition, the legislation formally recognizes CTE as an important part of a well-rounded education. ACTE encourages our leaders on Capitol Hill to pass this legislation and send it to President Obama for signature into law.