A Bipartisan Push to Boost CTE Teachers

Jeff Parcell 2018-04-27

From Education Week:

“In a bid to create a more robust supply of career and technical education teachers, four U.S. senators are backing legislation to create a new residency program for people who want to become CTE educators.

The Creating Quality Technical Educators Act was introduced Tuesday by Sens. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., Tim Kaine, D-Va., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, the co-chairs of the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus, along with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.V.

The bill would create “partnership grants for the preparation of career and technical education teachers” that are open to both mid-career professionals and those seeking initial licensure to teach CTE. They’re also open to current educators without subject-matter expertise in CTE.

Program participants would need to commit to working with a mentor teacher for two years, and get continuing professional development for three years. Those who are trained through the grants would have to serve as full-time CTE educators in a “high need” district for at least three years.

The legislation would act as an amendment to the Higher Education Act. It’s got the backing of the American Federation of Teachers, and the two big CTE organizations: the Association for Career and Technical Education, and Advance CTE. The four senators introduced a similar bill in 2014.”

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