2017 Legislative Agenda

Georgia Association for Career & Technical Education

 

PRIORITIES:

  • 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 FY17 Supplemental and FY18 Budgets for secondary and middle level programs.

 

  • Continue to seek additional funding for CTAE supervision, extended day/year contracts, and industry certification, and middle/high school CTAE programs.

 

  • 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.

 

 

 

Georgia Association for Career & Technical Education

Matthew Gambill

Executive Director

P.O. Box 443

Kennesaw, Georgia 30156

www.gacte.org