2016 Legislative Agenda
Georgia Association for Career & Technical Education
- Create discussion and conversation about the role Career, Technical & Agricultural Education (CTAE) plays at the local level in the areas of workforce development, economic development and high school completion.
- Protect and monitor current CTAE funding in the FY16 Supplemental and FY17 Budgets for secondary and middle level programs.
- 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.
- Oppose any move to reduce current CTAE programs or funding for secondary and middle level programs.
- 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.
- Support funding for Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO’s): CTI, DECA, FBLA, FCCLA, FFA, HOSA, SkillsUSA, and TSA for secondary and middle level programs.
- 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, SB 2 & SB 132 to ensure these initiatives support and enhance CTAE programs and do not redirect existing funds or create new initiatives that are already established.
- 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.
- Encourage members of the Georgia General Assembly to visit their local middle school and high school CTAE programs.
- Advocate for the continuation of secondary CTAE career pathway programs remaining under the administrative oversight of the Georgia Department of Education CTAE Division and Georgia’s 181 local school systems.
- Advocate for specified state funding of CTAE programs in the new education funding formula being developed by the Governors Education Reform Commission.
- 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.