December 16, 2015
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) today announced its endorsement of the Technical Education and Career Help (TEACH) Act, sponsored by Reps. Alex Mooney (R-WV), Katherine Clark (D-MA), Rod Blum (R-IA), Pete Aguilar (D-CA), Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), Ami Bera (D-CA), Bruce Poliquin (R-ME) and Congressional CTE Caucus Co-Chair Jim Langevin (D-RI) on December 16, 2015.
“ACTE is proud to endorse the TEACH Act, which will bridge the gap between future CTE educators and the classroom,” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. “It is critical that we encourage new professionals to enter the CTE teaching field and provide them with the support they need to succeed in their role, especially in the face of challenges currently posed by teacher shortages nationwide.”
The legislation is a companion bill to the Creating Quality Technical Educators Act introduced in the Senate by Sens. Tim Kaine (D-VA), Rob Portman (R-OH), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), which was also endorsed by ACTE. It expands eligibility to Teacher Quality Partnership Grants for eligible partnerships of local educational agencies and postsecondary teacher preparation programs to prepare future CTE teachers, as well as to provide mentorship and ongoing professional development for these new professionals once they enter the classroom.