With the presidential election just around the corner, convention season is upon us. Republicans are meeting in Tampa this week to formally nominate Governor Mitt Romney as the partyâ€™s candidate for President. Part of the convention process includes releasing the partyâ€™s â€œplatformâ€ or statement of principles. The Republican partyâ€™s platform covers a broad swath of issues, including education, jobs and the economy, agriculture, and government reform. The partyâ€™s education plank underscores the value of CTE in preparing students for the workplace:
School choiceâ€”whether through charter schools, open enrollment requests, college lab schools, virtual schools, career and technical education programs, vouchers, or tax creditsâ€”is important for all children, especially for families with children trapped in failing schoolsâ€¦We support the promotion of local career and technical educational programs and entrepreneurial programs that have been supported by leaders in industry and will retrain and retool the American workforce, which is the best in the world.
The platform also states the partyâ€™s belief that the status quo is not working for the higher education system, and calls for â€œnew systems of learningâ€ that can compete with traditional four-year institutions, including community and technical colleges, private training schools, and work-based learning in the private sector. The party also believes that the acquisition of advanced skills is necessary for the 21st century economy, and should focus on STEM fields.
Democrats will convene in Charlotte next week to officially nominate President Obama as their candidate, at which time they are expected to release their partyâ€™s platform.
Nancy Conneely, Public Policy Manager