NEA will use existing resources to:

1. Research secondary school vocational programs (a/k/a career and technology programs) to gather data related to eligibility criteria;

2. Determine whether the eligibility criteria are equitable and create fair access for all students;

3. Share results of research with members through existing publications/digital media;

4. Promote eligibility criteria that are equitable and fair for all students.

5. Acknowledging that there is outdated data collection on Secondary Vocational Education and Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs, NEA will urge the U.S Department of Education to collect current information on Vocational Education and CTE program eligibility requirements with respect to fairness, equitability, and appropriateness. The NEA will report back to the NEA CTE caucus as to available data, as well as the results of further data collection. 

Rationale/Background

Vocational/CTE programs often use criteria that are not publicized, documented, or made available to students and parents; and the criteria can prohibit acceptance of students with learning differences. All students need equal access to vocational/CTE programs.

Contact

Robin Szymanski - MD

Cost Implications

This item cannot be accomplished with current staff and resources under the proposed Modified 2019-2020 Strategic Plan and Budget. Costs are based on using the latest data from the U.S. Department of Education. It would cost an additional $20,135.