Due to its bipartisan appeal, improving college and career readiness is gaining a lot of traction in the education reform space through policies that provide for CTE, dual credit coursework, STEM, and career pathways. Interest and advocacy on these policies increased in 2017, and as it continues to rise this year, past member successes can serve as examples and resources. Below are a few 2017 highlights of college and career readiness related work from the Network.
Educate Texas Brings P-Tech to Texas
Educate Texas convened the Texas Student Success Council to advance policies that promote increased postsecondary student success and prepare graduates to compete in the 21st century economy. To that end, Educate Texas made a series of recommendations to the legislature, including the creation of the P-TECH program, a rigorous six year academic and career prep program founded by IBM. Read more here.
Idaho Business for Education Completes CTE Landscape Study
In Idaho, employers are in dire need of trained workers. To address this need, Idaho Business for Education, in partnership with America Succeeds, launched a landscape study of strengths, weaknesses, gaps, and best practices from other states. The report, Shifting Gears: Integrating Opportunities for Idaho’s Students with Career Readiness, was presented to the Governor’s Task Force on Workforce Development. When the task force made its final report, many of their recommendations matched those provided by IBE. Learn more here.
Tennessee SCORE Provides Early Post-Secondary Experiences
Many rural communities don’t have access to early postsecondary experiences. Tennessee SCORE has been working to provide such experiences across the state for years, but their proposed legislation has failed due to fiscal hurdles. In 2017, however, SCORE amended their proposed legislation to require that all students have access to four early postsecondary experiences (instead of six), such as AP, dual credit, and dual enrollment courses. This brought the cost down and the bill was able to pass into law. Get additional details here.
MBAE Addresses Digital Equity
Nearly one in every four Massachusetts jobs requires computer science skills or is technology-related. Yet, in 2016, of the 1,151 students who took the AP Computer Science exam, only 321 were female, 65 were black, 80 were Hispanic, and 150 were low-income. To improve these numbers and digital equity overall, Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education has been working with an advisory group to identify gaps in access to computer science and technology in the classroom, and to engage employers, educators, and policymakers to address digital equity challenges. Read more here.
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This blog is the second in a series highlighting important advocacy work of 2017. All information from this post, plus much more, can be found on the PIE Network MAP, which contains in-depth information about the campaigns and legislative actions of member organizations dating back to 2011. Additionally, each action includes lessons learned, resources, bill language, and contact information.