Dear ACTEAZ Members,
On behalf of ACTEAZ, I want to thank you for all that you did to support Career and Technical Education during the past week regarding the Arizona Budget Adoption and how it affects Career Technical Education Programs.
As you know, it looked grim for CTE on Wednesday when the budgets were unveiled. Thanks to your efforts and the efforts of educators, students, parents and other business leaders we were able to exit the budget process with 92.5% funding for central programs and 92.5% funding for satellite programs. Amendments offered during the wee hours of Saturday morning enable districts to use JTED funding to augment M and O losses and suggest that districts may not prohibit students from taking CTE courses. Just how effective these amendments will be remains to be seen. We have a year before the changes go into effect to work with the Governor and Legislators to amend the language if needed.
Once again, we want to thank you for your efforts. You made a positive difference.
We still have much work to continue so we are asking that we all focus on:
- Continuing to thank legislators for listening to us
- Inviting them to visit our CTE Programs
- Looking forward to working with them during the upcoming year to strengthen CTE Programs
This week we really used our ACTEAZ Advocacy List to inform members regarding the budget issues. Please make sure your are registered for the Advocacy List which has your personal e-mails so that we can send the Legislative Information to you!!! The Advocacy Contact Information is below and the form to fill out.
Advocacy Contact Form
If you are not involved in CTE advocacy, who will be? CTE educators, CTE students and CTE parents are the best voices of CTE.
The purpose of the form below is to create an ACTEAZ Advocacy Contact System. In the event that action is needed to impact potential legislation or policy affecting CTE, we would enact the ACTEAZ Advocacy Contact System.
In order to create this Advocacy Contact System, ACTEAZ is gathering personal contact information on ACTEAZ Members. School e-mail or phone numbers cannot be utilized for the purposes of advocating.
By providing this information, you will be placed on the ACTEAZ Advocacy Contact List. When an issue is pertinent to CTE at the State or Federal levels you will receive an e-mail which will provide information on the issue and how you can react, if you choose. Sample e-mails to legislators will be provided as well as their contact information. Your information will not be sold to anyone.
Thank you for participating in our advocacy effort! Your participation is important for the continued expansion of CTE throughout the State of Arizona. One person can make a difference!