Across the country, almost half of state legislatures have rapped the gavel for the last time to close their regular sessions for 2014. Given the strong focus on issues relating to Career Technical Education (CTE) throughout 2013 and in many governorsâ€™ state of the state addresses, weâ€™ve decided to take stockÂ of how CTE fared in the first quarter of the year.
Over the next few weeks, we will launch a series of blog posts catching up with highlights from the 2014 session. The first series will focus on the 25 legislatures that had finished as of May 9 and will be divided thematically. Another round will roll out this summer once the remaining sessions end. Legislatures in California, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin conduct business throughout the year, and activity will be covered as it is passed, along with other relevant policies enacted by State Boards of Education, Governorsâ€™ Offices and key state agencies.
This series is not meant to be all-encompassing but rather a high-level overview of the statesâ€™ legislative activity. For a comprehensive look-back at the 2013 legislative sessions, check out the â€œ2013 CTE Year in Review,â€ which was published jointly by NASDCTEc and the Association for Career and Technical Education in March.
Andrea Zimmermann, State Policy Associate