HB 778 Review

 

House Bill 778 proposes moving the Career, Technical and Agricultural Division from the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) to the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG).

 

Georgia’s CTAE program, under the leadership of GaDOE, successfully prepares students for meaningful careers.  Our students are prepared for apprenticeships, military service, and higher education at a University System of Georgia (USG) or TCSG institutions.  Our students currently have multiple pathways to success.  Moving CTAE to one specific postsecondary institution will have the unintended consequence of dramatically narrowing opportunities for Georgia’s students.

 

  • Currently no research or statistical data exists to prove that this proposal will benefit our students, schools, communities, or state.
  • GaDOE, USG and TCSG currently have seamless career education plans in place for Georgia
  • Every local school system will have to negotiate a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with TCSG in order to receive QBE and Perkins funding, minimizing local control.
  • Each local board of education and state charter school shall be required to meet all standards established by the State Board of TCSG in order to receive such funds. What are the standards?
  • All secondary educators are certificated by the Professional Standards Commission. TCSG instructors are not certified by any state agency.
  • GaDOE currently serves over 577,000 CTAE students annually in 181 systems with 96% graduation rate.  TCSG serves 133,455 students in 22 colleges with a 74% graduation rate.
  • TCSG’s mission has focused more on adult education. Middle and High school students are very different from adults.  How will special education and EL students be impacted?  How will ADA vs. IDEA be reconciled in this scenario?
  • TCSG does not currently support Career & Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) at the collegiate level. How will they manage secondary –FFA, FCCLA, DECA, FBLA, CTI, HOSA, TSA, FIRST Robotics, and SkillsUSA student organizations?
  • CTAE has a defined curriculum which is consistent across the state. The transient student population benefits from this scenario.  TCSG has a site/region-based curriculum for most programs which creates a varied curriculum.
  • The legislation diminishes current student credentialing. For example, equating a student who earns a certified nursing assistant credential with a student who participates in a one-day contest.
  • Many Georgia school systems have developed strong branding to ensure CTAE is perceived as a value to ALL students. The move of CTAE to TCSG could potentially devalue that work and all of the forward progress made in recent years due to unintended stigmas associated with technical education.

HB 778–The Time to Act is NOW!