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CTE Act Overhauled: A Win for Everyone!

The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, co-authored and championed by our own Sen. Bob Casey, received bipartisan support and was signed into law on July 31, 2018 making it a solid win for students and businesses across the country.

The National Education Association (NEA), and the Association for Career & Technical Education, were instrumental in getting bipartisan support for the overhaul of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act which is critical for the state’s school districts. The funds from this source contributed $41M to Pennsylvania alone during the past school year.

According to Sen. Casey, “Reauthorizing and updating the Perkins program is critical to creating jobs, growing wages and ensuring our workers have the tools to out-compete anyone in the world.” He added, “We were able to work together in a bipartisan manner on legislation that will strengthen career pathways, foster innovation and improve access for traditionally underrepresented populations, including students with disabilities, and ensure better outcomes for all students, educators and our economy. I am particularly proud that we secured a change to the funding formula that will ensure Pennsylvania gets a fair share of allocations going forward.”

Highlights of the bill include:

  • States set their own goals and the U.S. Education Secretary is not be permitted to dictate the standards or assessments of CTE.
  • States will be required to make “meaningful progress” in meeting their own goals.
  • “Core indicators” will be used to assess the performance of CTE students. These include their rate of graduation and the percentage who, within a designated time frame, continue to postsecondary education or advanced training.
  • Schools are required to align career and technical education programs with the needs of local communities or the state.

This the first time that the Perkins CTE Act has been reauthorized since 2006, and “this legislation would encourage states, schools and local CTE providers to update education and job training to meet the needs of the local economies, ensuring students have the skills needed to remain competitive,” said Sen. Casey. It would also … “promote collaboration between stakeholders so that local businesses can communicate their needs to states and educators as strategies and programs are developed.”

According to Alan M. Malachowski, a representative of the Council for the Advancement of Public Schools (CAPS), “We are grateful for Sen. Casey’s leadership on this issue which greatly impacts students and businesses in our community.” He added, “Bucks and Montgomery counties boast seven CTE schools and we are proud of the phenomenal opportunities they provide for students to be trained for in-demand jobs, earn college credits while still in high school, and be prepared for the military.”

30Jul
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CTE Grads Prepared for College, Military and Careers

The recent grads from the region’s seven Career and Technical Education (CTE) High Schools left with impressive resumes and plans for the future, including immediate job offers and opportunities to...

30Jul
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Roxy Therapy Dogs Powerfully Impact Central Bucks Elementary Classrooms

“Research shows that magical things happen when a child interacts with a certified therapy dog. Anxiety levels decrease, heartbeat slows, breathing becomes deeper and more relaxed, and fears are...

Dawn Martesi - Council for the Advancement of Public Schools
13Jul
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Neil A. Armstrong Middle School teacher and student highlighted in a Verizon TV spot

Instructional coach Dawn Martesi and eighth grader Chelsie McClease of Neil A. Armstrong Middle School in Bristol Township School District were highlighted in a Verizon TV spot this spring. Armstrong,...

04Jun
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Souderton High School Choir on-air with WMMR Preston and Steve

Wow and congrats to the Souderton Area High School Advanced Choir and its director, Teresa Washam, on racking up another great accomplishment with their invitation to perform Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody...

2018 Touch the Future Art Show
28Feb
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31st ANNUAL “TOUCH THE FUTURE” ART SHOW HONORS 21 STUDENTS

The 31st Annual “Touch the Future” Art Show awards ceremony, sponsored by the Pennsylvania State Education Association/Mideastern Region (PSEA/MER), and Council for the Advancement of Public Schools,...

26Jan
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“TOUCH THE FUTURE” JURIED ART SHOW ENTERS ITS FOURTH DECADE

First-Ever Endowed Dr. Selma Burke Sculpture Award to Pay Tribute to Top Sculpture Student  The 31st annual “Touch the Future” art show will honor winners from 26 public high schools in Bucks and...

26Jan
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The Value of Public School Teachers

The true impact that teachers have on our children is immeasurable. We asked a few of our dedicated educators, parents and community members in Bucks and Montgomery counties to express how they and their...

26Jan
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Strong sense of community makes public education great!

We wanted to share the insights of Scott Swindells who teaches English honors, literature, and creative writing and is the Virtual High School Site Coordinator at North Penn High School. Over his 16 years...

15Nov
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PSEA names Susan Lynam of North Penn ESP of the Year

Fifteen years ago, Susan Lynam was looking for a job when she saw an email from the North Penn School District testing a new email alert system. “I wrote back and said, ‘You passed the test....