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Public Policy

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Virginia ACTE is dedicated to expanding relevant and rigorous CTE programs, enhancing leadership among its members, influencing public policy for the benefit of CTE students and professionals, and developing a competitive workforce in the commonwealth of Virginia.

Find your Virginia legislators and Congressional representatives, then complete the Spheres of Influence worksheet.

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2022 General Assembly Bills of Interest
Access the 40 House and Sentate bills related to CTE. 

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2021–2022 Policy Issues in Brief

View the full 2021–2022 Issues and Solutions for CTE to see solutions to these issues.

  1. Virginia ACTE supports funding that would expand hiring work-based learning (WBL) coordinators to increase WBL opportunities for students and to align these opportunities with the commonwealth’s Profile of a Virginia Graduate.
  2. Virginia ACTE supports continued funding for industry-recognized standards, assessments, and credentials to strengthen CTE programs, develop staff, and prepare 21st century students for our future technical workforce.
  3. Virginia ACTE supports continued priority funding for CTE classroom lab equipment and program expansion to prepare students for a competitive workforce and postsecondary education.
  4. Virginia ACTE supports increased efforts by Virginia’s colleges and universities to develop and, where they already exist, strengthen innovative undergraduate and graduate teacher-preparation programs in CTE.
  5. Virginia ACTE supports funding for the integrated CTE curricula and specialized equipment in Governor’s STEM Academies and Governor’s Health Sciences Academies, which prepare students for in-demand, high-wage, and high-skill careers essential to Virginia.
  6. Virginia ACTE supports the expansion of elementary school CTE career awareness initiatives that create opportunities for student exposure to career pathways that encourage awareness, interest, and readiness for secondary CTE programs.

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