The Creating Quality Technical Educators Act was introduced April 24 by Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc. and Tim Kaine, D-Va., Sen. Portman is a co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus.
"Quality CTE teachers play a key role in expanding access to high quality programs and making sure more students and parents recognize the value of a CTE education—all of which helps lead to more and better job opportunities for students," Portman said.
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.
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