Creating and communicating a clear legislate agenda that we can unite around is a core principle that allows GACTE to function with purpose and determination. Here is our agenda for 2014.
- Create discussion and conversation about the role Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) plays at the local level in the areas of workforce development, economic development and high school completion.
- Protect and monitor the current CTAE funding in the FY14 Supplemental and FY15 Budgets.
- Continue to seek additional funding for CTAE supervision, extended day/year contracts, and industry certification.
- Identify possible revenue sources and programs to increase the current scope of related CTAE programs and budget.
- Monitor proposed legislation and appropriations to educate the Georgia General Assembly about its potential impact to CTAE.
- Advocate against any move to reduce current CTAE programs or funding.
- Support adequate funding for DUAL Enrollment that encourages local school systems and post-secondary institutions to provide this option.
- Continue to educate members of the Georgia General Assembly 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.
- Continue to provide leadership and support for Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO’s): CTI, DECA, FBLA, FCCLA, FFA, HOSA, SkillsUSA, and TSA.
- Continue to educate members of the Georgia General Assembly about CTAE as a critical component of a student’s high school program of study toward graduation.
- Support the Georgia College & Career Academy Initiative.
- Monitor the continued implementation of the BRIDGE Bill, Move On When Ready Act, and HB186 “Career Pathways” bill to ensure these initiatives support and enhance CTAE programs and do not redirect existing funds.
- Continue to educate members of the Georgia General Assembly about articulation of courses between secondary and post-secondary as a critical component of preparing students to be college and career ready upon graduation from high school.