Engaging Policymakers

Engaging with Policymakers

 (President Obama signs the Every Student Succeeds Act)

During CTE Month, there are several great ways to engage your elected representatives, including mayors, city managers, county executives, state legislators, governors, and Congress.

1.  Reach out to them and urge them to designate February as CTE Month. Our sample proclamation will provide them with the information they need. (Please inform us if you plan to use this proclamation.) The proclamation-signing ceremony can serve as an event for local media and a photo opportunity for your school.

2.  Invite them to a school visit or site visit featuring your CTE program or programs. Our school visit and site visit page provides tips on how to hold such a visit. This visit can also feature the proclamation mentioned above.

Additionally, you may wish to 

  • View our Advocacy Toolkit, which provides information on meeting with and influencing policymakers most effectively, fact sheets about various CTE sectors, and a Congressional directory.
  • Sign up for ACTE’s Legislative Alerts, which provide breaking news on CTE legislation, policy and funding. ACTE’s public policy staff uses these communications to share time-sensitive calls to action (frequency is approximately 8-10 times per year).