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2020 GACTE Legislative Agenda

2020 Legislative Agenda

Georgia Association for Career & Technical Education


1. Advocate for continued and increased financial support of CTAE programs, professionals, and facilities.

· Protect current CTAE funding in the FY20 Supplemental and FY21 Budgets for secondary and middle level programs.

· Secure bond funding for vocational equipment in new and renovated CTAE classrooms around the state.

· Seek additional funding for CTAE supervision, extended day/year contracts, and industry certification.

2. Collaborate with partners to expand and align student educational opportunities with post-graduation workforce and educational opportunities.

· Lead discussion with stakeholders, including the University System of Georgia, Technical College System of Georgia, and local business and industry about the role CTAE plays at the local level in the areas of workforce development, economic development, and high school completion.

· Monitor the continued implementation of the BRIDGE Bill, Move On When Ready Act, and HB186 “Career Pathways” Bill, SB 2 & SB 132, and SB3 CONNECT Act to ensure these initiatives support and enhance CTAE programs and do not redirect existing funds or create new initiatives that are already established.

3. Support policies and funding that empower student exploration and preparation for life beyond high school.

· Advocate for the continued involvement of all counselors to provide the necessary tools, knowledge, and resources for systematic, developmental, and comprehensive career planning for all students in grades K-12.

· Support legislation outlining the roles and responsibilities of school counselors as presented by the American School Counselors Association Comprehensive School Counselor Program.

· Support legislation outlining the roles and responsibilities of school counselors as presented by the American School Counselors Association Comprehensive School Counselor Program.

4. Promote and build upon the successes of CTAE in the implementation of new programs and evolution of existing programs.

· Support adequate funding for Dual Enrollment that encourages stakeholder participation.

· Encourage members of the Georgia General Assembly to visit their local middle school and high school CTAE programs as well as other post-secondary technical education programs to see how the continuum of CTAE is connected in the educational systems of Georgia.

· Monitor proposed legislation and appropriations to educate the Georgia General Assembly about its potential impact to CTAE.

Looking to the future, GACTE will continuously work to:

· Educate

o members of the Georgia General Assembly

o about CTAE as a critical component of a student’s high school program of study toward graduation

o regarding Georgia’s level of financial commitment to CTAE and how it impacts Georgia’s Federal allotment of Carl D. Perkins Career & Technical Education Act funding

· Identify

o possible revenue sources and programs to increase the current scope of related CTAE programs and budget.

· Support

o funding for Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO’s): CTI, DECA, FBLA, FCCLA, FFA, HOSA, SkillsUSA, FIRST Robotics and TSA for secondary and middle level programs

o the Georgia College & Career Academy Initiative

· Advocate

o for specified state funding of CTAE programs in current or future education funding formulas

o for CTAE statewide salary grade to include years of job and/or credential related experience

o for support and professional leave for mandatory continuing education units for career related license renewal

For more information, please contact:

Jody H. Reeves, Executive Director



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