Career-technical educators and Ohio ACTE leadership continues to advocate for adequate funding for career-technical education to serve students and businesses and contribute to Ohio’s economy and workforce.
As Ohio ACTE leadership, staff and Legislative Counsel, Terrence O’Donnell, Esq. meet with legislators and the Governor’s education policy staff, the message has been focused on three main objectives, which Ohio ACTE members and other career-technical educators are encouraged to use in their conversations with legislators:
1) Tiered Funding/Weighted Funding: Weighted funds represent the delta in cost differential between traditional education and career technical education. While a “tiered” system that awards different weights to different programs as in HB 59 may be workable, funding in the aggregate should be sustained.
2) Guarantees: As the state has signaled it would like to move away from funding guarantees, it is counter-intuitive that the budget bill would almost double the amount of JVSDs on a guarantee over the next two years. This could destabilize CTE budgets if and when the guarantees are removed.
3) Dedicated Funding and Associated Services: Career tech funding in the
comprehensive and compact districts should be provided per the “75/25 rule” and associated services funding should be dedicated as well so that funds meant to serve CTE are not diverted.
These principles were developed in collaboration with representatives of career-technical education groups through the Ohio ACTE Legislative Committee.