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house Bill H.R. 5587

Reforming Career and Technical Education Programs

Argument in favor

America’s workforce needs people who have skill sets that are specific to technical careers, and this bill would overhaul career and technical education programs increases the ability of state’s to customize their programs to local economic and educational needs.

Kleber's Opinion
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09/12/2016
Have any of y'all read the bill? This will give states more authority to spend federal money as they see fit. This means each state can specialize their programs to meet the demands of their local economy. It's insane that people think this will cause more federal government interference in our schools.
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Kyle's Opinion
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09/13/2016
With the student loan bubble on the horizon I feel this is an important answer for the future
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Zachary's Opinion
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09/13/2016
This seems like a no brainer. Being in high school myself, CTE classes mean a lot to me and my future, and any improvements would be helpful to it only my career, but to every kid who wants a CTE class that can help with careers.
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Argument opposed

While there may be elements of this bipartisan bill that should be pursued, it goes astray by giving states too much autonomy in deciding how federal dollars get spent and what performance metrics to use.

Loraki's Opinion
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08/14/2016
H.R.5587 - Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act A BILL To reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006. Sponsor: Rep. Thompson, Glenn [R-PA-5] (Introduced 06/28/2016) Cosponsors: Rep. Byrne, Bradley [R-AL-1]*06/28/2016 Rep. Curbelo, Carlos [R-FL-26]*06/28/2016 Rep. Clark, Katherine M. [D-MA-5]*06/28/2016 Rep. Langevin, James R. [D-RI-2]*06/28/2016 Rep. Nolan, Richard M. [D-MN-8]*06/28/2016 Rep. Kline, John [R-MN-2]07/06/2016 Rep. Scott, Robert C. "Bobby" [D-VA-3]07/06/2016 Rep. Thompson, Mike [D-CA-5]07/06/2016 Rep. Carter, Earl L. "Buddy" [R-GA-1]07/06/2016 Rep. Roe, David P. [R-TN-1]07/06/2016 Rep. DeSaulnier, Mark [D-CA-11]07/06/2016 Rep. Bonamici, Suzanne [D-OR-1]07/06/2016 Rep. Messer, Luke [R-IN-6]07/06/2016 Rep. Bishop, Mike [R-MI-8]07/06/2016 Rep. Stefanik, Elise M. [R-NY-21]07/07/2016 Rep. Kennedy, Joseph P., III [D-MA-4]07/12/2016 Rep. Huffman, Jared [D-CA-2]07/12/2016 Rep. Foxx, Virginia [R-NC-5]07/13/2016 Rep. Cook, Paul [R-CA-8]07/14/2016 Rep. Ashford, Brad [D-NE-2]07/14/2016 Text: https://www.congress.gov/114/bills/hr5587/BILLS-114hr5587ih.pdf Note: This bill is 88 pages long. If you watched the Harry Potter movies, you may recall Hermione's assessment that "the Ministry is interfering with Hogwarts" (or something to that effect). That is precisely what our federal government is doing with our education system. Education belongs in the hands of our state and local governments! We the People are capable of discerning what our children need to be learning to succeed in life. Most of us are not illiterate; nor are we ignorant of the demands and needs of the economy of our nation. Granted, there are parents who are so busy trying to eek out a meager living (or trying to "keep up with the Joneses") that they don't involve themselves in the education of their children to the extent they should. But if Common Core has done any good, it has served as a wake up call to many parents, who are now rightfully alarmed and outraged by the way the government has turned our public schools into Marxist indoctrination centers. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO GET OUT OF THE EDUCATION BUSINESS (and the healthcare business, and every other "business" that isn't allotted to it by the U.S. CONSTITUTION! It was a FREE PEOPLE, the strict separation of powers, and capitalism, coupled with our general belief in and reverence for our Creator, that made this nation great! OUR CONSTITUTION WAS THE LAW OF THE LAND, NOT SOMETHING YOU MERELY PAID LIP SERVICE TO!!! And shame on us if we can't/don't elect people who honor their Oath of Office! Sorry, I know I tend to get carried away, but I DEPLORE what has happened to America! And THIS is partly how it has happened: "You Americans are so gullible...You won't accept Communism outright, but we'll keep feeding you small doses"-Khrushschev, 1959 In an attempted to warn the nation, the Democrat Congressman from Florida, Albert S. Herlong, Jr., read into the U.S Congressional Record, January 10, 1963, the list of Communist goals for America (Vol 109, 88th Congress, 1st Session, Appendix, pp. A34-A35). Communist goals included: "Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of 'separation of church and state'... Discredit American culture... Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and divorce..." Democrat Rep. Herlong continued the list of Communist goals: "Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as 'normal, natural, healthy'..." In 1950, members of the Communist Party USA formed the Mattachine Society, the nation's first homosexual rights organizations. which lobbied to repeal sodomy laws. Communist goals included: "Infiltrate churches and replace revealed religion with 'social' religion... Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a 'religious crutch'... ...Control schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda... Soften curriculum. Get control of teachers' associations. Put party line in textbooks... Control student newspapers..." Soviet leader, Nikita Khrushschev told Ezra Taft Benson, Eisenhower's Secretary of Agriculture in 1959: " Your children's children will live under communism. You Americans are so gullible. No, you won't accept Communism outright, but we'll keep feeding you small doses of Socialism until you will finally wake up and find that you already have Communism. We won't have to fight you; We'll so weaken your economy, until you fall like overripe fruit into our hands." AUGUST 11, 1984, by an 88-11 Senate vote and a 337-77 House vote, Congress passed the Equal Access Act, stating: "It shall be unlawful for any public secondary school which receives Federal financial assistance and which has a limited open forum, to deny equal access or a fair opportunity to, or discriminate against, any students who wish to conduct a meeting within that limited open forum on the basis of the religious, political, philosophical, or other content of the speech at such meeting." Regarding this, President Reagan commented August 23, 1984 at Reunion Arena, Dallas, Texas: "We even had to pass a special law in the Congress just a few weeks ago to allow student prayer groups the same access to school rooms after classes that a Young Marxist Society...would already enjoy." The Supreme Court upheld the Equal Access Act by a vote of 8-1 in Westside Community Schools v. Mergens, June 4, 1990: "If a State refused to let religious groups use facilities open to others, then it would demonstrate not neutrality but hostility toward religion. The Establishment Clause does not license government to treat religion and those who teach or practice it...as subversive of American ideals." Ronald Reagan stated in a radio address, February 25, 1984: "Former Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart noted if religious exercises are held to be impermissible activity in schools, religion is placed at an artificial and state-created disadvantage. Permission for such exercises for those who want them is necessary if the schools are truly to be neutral in the matter of religion. And a refusal to permit them is seen not as the realization of state neutrality, but rather as the establishment of a religion of secularism." U.S. District Court, Crockett v. Sorenson, W.D. Va,. 1983: "The First Amendment was never intended to insulate our public institutions from any mention of God, the Bible or religion. When such insulation occurs, another religion, such as secular humanism, is effectively established." This reaffirmed what George Washington wrote to the United Baptist Churches of Virginia, May 10, 1789: "If I could have entertained the slightest apprehension that the Constitution framed by the Convention, where I had the honor to preside, might possibly endanger the religious rights of any ecclesiastical Society, certainly I would never have placed my signature to it." Ronald Reagan, on the National Day of Prayer, May 6, 1982, commented: "Well-meaning Americans in the name of freedom have taken freedom away. For the sake of religious tolerance, they've forbidden religious practice." Ronald Reagan told the Annual Convention of the National Religious Broadcasters, January 30, 1984: "I was pleased last year to proclaim 1983 the Year of the Bible. But, you know, a group called the ACLU severely criticized me for doing that. Well, I wear their indictment like a badge of honor." In the Supreme Court case of Town of Greece, NY, v. Galloway et al, Justice Kennedy wrote in the decision, May 5, 2014: "Respondents maintain that prayer must be nonsectarian...and they fault the town for permitting guest chaplains to deliver prayers that 'use overtly Christian terms' or 'invoke specifics of Christian theology'... An insistence on nonsectarian or ecumenical prayer as a single, fixed standard is not consistent with the tradition of legislative prayer... ...The Congress that drafted the First Amendment would have been accustomed to invocations containing explicitly religious themes of the sort respondents find objectionable. One of the Senate's first chaplains, the Rev. William White, gave prayers in a series that included the Lord's Prayer, the Collect for Ash Wednesday, prayers for peace and grace, a general thanksgiving, St. Chrysostom's Prayer, and a prayer seeking 'the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, &c'..." Justice Kennedy continued in Greece v. Galloway, May 5, 2014: "The decidedly Christian nature of these prayers must not be dismissed as the relic of a time when our Nation was less pluralistic than it is today. Congress continues to permit its appointed and visiting chaplains to express themselves in a religious idiom... To hold that invocations must be nonsectarian would force the legislatures...and the courts...to act as...censors of religious speech... Government may not mandate a civic religion that stifles any but the most generic reference to the sacred any more than it may prescribe a religious orthodoxy..." Justice Kennedy added in Greece v. Galloway: "Respondents argue, in effect, that legislative prayer may be addressed only to a generic God. The law and the Court could not draw this line for each specific prayer or seek to require ministers to set aside their nuanced and deeply personal beliefs for vague and artificial ones. There is doubt, in any event, that consensus might be reached as to what qualifies as generic or nonsectarian..." Justice Kennedy continued: "While these prayers vary in their degree of religiosity, they often seek peace for the Nation, wisdom for its lawmakers, and justice for its people, values that count as universal and that are embodied not only in religious traditions, but in our founding documents and laws... ...The first prayer delivered to the Continental Congress by the Rev. Jacob Duché on Sept. 7, 1774, provides an example: 'Be Thou present O God of Wisdom and direct the counsel of this Honorable Assembly; enable them to settle all things on the best and surest foundations; that the scene of blood may be speedily closed; that Order, Harmony, and Peace be effectually restored, and the Truth and Justice, Religion and Piety, prevail and flourish among the people. Preserve the health of their bodies, and the vigor of their minds, shower down on them, and the millions they here represent, such temporal Blessings as Thou seest expedient for them in this world, and crown them with everlasting Glory in the world to come. All this we ask in the name and through the merits of Jesus Christ, Thy Son and our Saviour, Amen...'" Supreme Court Justice Kennedy concluded his Greece v. Galloway decision, May 5, 2014:: "From the earliest days of the Nation, these invocations have been addressed to assemblies comprising many different creeds... Our tradition assumes that adult citizens, firm in their own beliefs, can tolerate and perhaps appreciate a ceremonial prayer delivered by a person of a different faith." http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1108762609255&ca=eaf013fc-7a25-46db-8c3c-3bb4c46db441
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08/14/2016
When Government isn't big enough, try enhancing Education. Socialist's know everyone loves children so they pour taxpayer's cash into education. Socialist's also love to control financing. So they combine student loans into education. Now we are controlled in our home and student loans. Therefore Control Education, Banking and Internet. Stop the uncontrolled taxation of our citizens. Government needs to get out of programs best controlled by Capitalism.
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Taylor's Opinion
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09/13/2016
Good initiative, poor judgement. Take away the money and get government out of education and it will fix itself.
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    Have any of y'all read the bill? This will give states more authority to spend federal money as they see fit. This means each state can specialize their programs to meet the demands of their local economy. It's insane that people think this will cause more federal government interference in our schools.
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    H.R.5587 - Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act A BILL To reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006. Sponsor: Rep. Thompson, Glenn [R-PA-5] (Introduced 06/28/2016) Cosponsors: Rep. Byrne, Bradley [R-AL-1]*06/28/2016 Rep. Curbelo, Carlos [R-FL-26]*06/28/2016 Rep. Clark, Katherine M. [D-MA-5]*06/28/2016 Rep. Langevin, James R. [D-RI-2]*06/28/2016 Rep. Nolan, Richard M. [D-MN-8]*06/28/2016 Rep. Kline, John [R-MN-2]07/06/2016 Rep. Scott, Robert C. "Bobby" [D-VA-3]07/06/2016 Rep. Thompson, Mike [D-CA-5]07/06/2016 Rep. Carter, Earl L. "Buddy" [R-GA-1]07/06/2016 Rep. Roe, David P. [R-TN-1]07/06/2016 Rep. DeSaulnier, Mark [D-CA-11]07/06/2016 Rep. Bonamici, Suzanne [D-OR-1]07/06/2016 Rep. Messer, Luke [R-IN-6]07/06/2016 Rep. Bishop, Mike [R-MI-8]07/06/2016 Rep. Stefanik, Elise M. [R-NY-21]07/07/2016 Rep. Kennedy, Joseph P., III [D-MA-4]07/12/2016 Rep. Huffman, Jared [D-CA-2]07/12/2016 Rep. Foxx, Virginia [R-NC-5]07/13/2016 Rep. Cook, Paul [R-CA-8]07/14/2016 Rep. Ashford, Brad [D-NE-2]07/14/2016 Text: https://www.congress.gov/114/bills/hr5587/BILLS-114hr5587ih.pdf Note: This bill is 88 pages long. If you watched the Harry Potter movies, you may recall Hermione's assessment that "the Ministry is interfering with Hogwarts" (or something to that effect). That is precisely what our federal government is doing with our education system. Education belongs in the hands of our state and local governments! We the People are capable of discerning what our children need to be learning to succeed in life. Most of us are not illiterate; nor are we ignorant of the demands and needs of the economy of our nation. Granted, there are parents who are so busy trying to eek out a meager living (or trying to "keep up with the Joneses") that they don't involve themselves in the education of their children to the extent they should. But if Common Core has done any good, it has served as a wake up call to many parents, who are now rightfully alarmed and outraged by the way the government has turned our public schools into Marxist indoctrination centers. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO GET OUT OF THE EDUCATION BUSINESS (and the healthcare business, and every other "business" that isn't allotted to it by the U.S. CONSTITUTION! It was a FREE PEOPLE, the strict separation of powers, and capitalism, coupled with our general belief in and reverence for our Creator, that made this nation great! OUR CONSTITUTION WAS THE LAW OF THE LAND, NOT SOMETHING YOU MERELY PAID LIP SERVICE TO!!! And shame on us if we can't/don't elect people who honor their Oath of Office! Sorry, I know I tend to get carried away, but I DEPLORE what has happened to America! And THIS is partly how it has happened: "You Americans are so gullible...You won't accept Communism outright, but we'll keep feeding you small doses"-Khrushschev, 1959 In an attempted to warn the nation, the Democrat Congressman from Florida, Albert S. Herlong, Jr., read into the U.S Congressional Record, January 10, 1963, the list of Communist goals for America (Vol 109, 88th Congress, 1st Session, Appendix, pp. A34-A35). Communist goals included: "Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of 'separation of church and state'... Discredit American culture... Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and divorce..." Democrat Rep. Herlong continued the list of Communist goals: "Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as 'normal, natural, healthy'..." In 1950, members of the Communist Party USA formed the Mattachine Society, the nation's first homosexual rights organizations. which lobbied to repeal sodomy laws. Communist goals included: "Infiltrate churches and replace revealed religion with 'social' religion... Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a 'religious crutch'... ...Control schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda... Soften curriculum. Get control of teachers' associations. Put party line in textbooks... Control student newspapers..." Soviet leader, Nikita Khrushschev told Ezra Taft Benson, Eisenhower's Secretary of Agriculture in 1959: " Your children's children will live under communism. You Americans are so gullible. No, you won't accept Communism outright, but we'll keep feeding you small doses of Socialism until you will finally wake up and find that you already have Communism. We won't have to fight you; We'll so weaken your economy, until you fall like overripe fruit into our hands." AUGUST 11, 1984, by an 88-11 Senate vote and a 337-77 House vote, Congress passed the Equal Access Act, stating: "It shall be unlawful for any public secondary school which receives Federal financial assistance and which has a limited open forum, to deny equal access or a fair opportunity to, or discriminate against, any students who wish to conduct a meeting within that limited open forum on the basis of the religious, political, philosophical, or other content of the speech at such meeting." Regarding this, President Reagan commented August 23, 1984 at Reunion Arena, Dallas, Texas: "We even had to pass a special law in the Congress just a few weeks ago to allow student prayer groups the same access to school rooms after classes that a Young Marxist Society...would already enjoy." The Supreme Court upheld the Equal Access Act by a vote of 8-1 in Westside Community Schools v. Mergens, June 4, 1990: "If a State refused to let religious groups use facilities open to others, then it would demonstrate not neutrality but hostility toward religion. The Establishment Clause does not license government to treat religion and those who teach or practice it...as subversive of American ideals." Ronald Reagan stated in a radio address, February 25, 1984: "Former Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart noted if religious exercises are held to be impermissible activity in schools, religion is placed at an artificial and state-created disadvantage. Permission for such exercises for those who want them is necessary if the schools are truly to be neutral in the matter of religion. And a refusal to permit them is seen not as the realization of state neutrality, but rather as the establishment of a religion of secularism." U.S. District Court, Crockett v. Sorenson, W.D. Va,. 1983: "The First Amendment was never intended to insulate our public institutions from any mention of God, the Bible or religion. When such insulation occurs, another religion, such as secular humanism, is effectively established." This reaffirmed what George Washington wrote to the United Baptist Churches of Virginia, May 10, 1789: "If I could have entertained the slightest apprehension that the Constitution framed by the Convention, where I had the honor to preside, might possibly endanger the religious rights of any ecclesiastical Society, certainly I would never have placed my signature to it." Ronald Reagan, on the National Day of Prayer, May 6, 1982, commented: "Well-meaning Americans in the name of freedom have taken freedom away. For the sake of religious tolerance, they've forbidden religious practice." Ronald Reagan told the Annual Convention of the National Religious Broadcasters, January 30, 1984: "I was pleased last year to proclaim 1983 the Year of the Bible. But, you know, a group called the ACLU severely criticized me for doing that. Well, I wear their indictment like a badge of honor." In the Supreme Court case of Town of Greece, NY, v. Galloway et al, Justice Kennedy wrote in the decision, May 5, 2014: "Respondents maintain that prayer must be nonsectarian...and they fault the town for permitting guest chaplains to deliver prayers that 'use overtly Christian terms' or 'invoke specifics of Christian theology'... An insistence on nonsectarian or ecumenical prayer as a single, fixed standard is not consistent with the tradition of legislative prayer... ...The Congress that drafted the First Amendment would have been accustomed to invocations containing explicitly religious themes of the sort respondents find objectionable. One of the Senate's first chaplains, the Rev. William White, gave prayers in a series that included the Lord's Prayer, the Collect for Ash Wednesday, prayers for peace and grace, a general thanksgiving, St. Chrysostom's Prayer, and a prayer seeking 'the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, &c'..." Justice Kennedy continued in Greece v. Galloway, May 5, 2014: "The decidedly Christian nature of these prayers must not be dismissed as the relic of a time when our Nation was less pluralistic than it is today. Congress continues to permit its appointed and visiting chaplains to express themselves in a religious idiom... To hold that invocations must be nonsectarian would force the legislatures...and the courts...to act as...censors of religious speech... Government may not mandate a civic religion that stifles any but the most generic reference to the sacred any more than it may prescribe a religious orthodoxy..." Justice Kennedy added in Greece v. Galloway: "Respondents argue, in effect, that legislative prayer may be addressed only to a generic God. The law and the Court could not draw this line for each specific prayer or seek to require ministers to set aside their nuanced and deeply personal beliefs for vague and artificial ones. There is doubt, in any event, that consensus might be reached as to what qualifies as generic or nonsectarian..." Justice Kennedy continued: "While these prayers vary in their degree of religiosity, they often seek peace for the Nation, wisdom for its lawmakers, and justice for its people, values that count as universal and that are embodied not only in religious traditions, but in our founding documents and laws... ...The first prayer delivered to the Continental Congress by the Rev. Jacob Duché on Sept. 7, 1774, provides an example: 'Be Thou present O God of Wisdom and direct the counsel of this Honorable Assembly; enable them to settle all things on the best and surest foundations; that the scene of blood may be speedily closed; that Order, Harmony, and Peace be effectually restored, and the Truth and Justice, Religion and Piety, prevail and flourish among the people. Preserve the health of their bodies, and the vigor of their minds, shower down on them, and the millions they here represent, such temporal Blessings as Thou seest expedient for them in this world, and crown them with everlasting Glory in the world to come. All this we ask in the name and through the merits of Jesus Christ, Thy Son and our Saviour, Amen...'" Supreme Court Justice Kennedy concluded his Greece v. Galloway decision, May 5, 2014:: "From the earliest days of the Nation, these invocations have been addressed to assemblies comprising many different creeds... Our tradition assumes that adult citizens, firm in their own beliefs, can tolerate and perhaps appreciate a ceremonial prayer delivered by a person of a different faith." http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1108762609255&ca=eaf013fc-7a25-46db-8c3c-3bb4c46db441
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    When Government isn't big enough, try enhancing Education. Socialist's know everyone loves children so they pour taxpayer's cash into education. Socialist's also love to control financing. So they combine student loans into education. Now we are controlled in our home and student loans. Therefore Control Education, Banking and Internet. Stop the uncontrolled taxation of our citizens. Government needs to get out of programs best controlled by Capitalism.
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    With the student loan bubble on the horizon I feel this is an important answer for the future
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    Good initiative, poor judgement. Take away the money and get government out of education and it will fix itself.
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    This seems like a no brainer. Being in high school myself, CTE classes mean a lot to me and my future, and any improvements would be helpful to it only my career, but to every kid who wants a CTE class that can help with careers.
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    Technical skills has become a lost art. Students are obsessed with the idea that in order to be successful, they need to get a four year degree. So many of these students end up dropping out in their first two years. This early on education would provide a broader look for how to become successful and tech them valuable skills that will help them find what they are passionate about.
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    This is the kind of education reform we should be pushing for through the entire country
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    CTE engages students and increases graduation rates, these successes are only possible with the support of the Perkins act.
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    These programs make it possible for students who may not choose college, or have dire personal and family situations that would push them into the workforce early, an opportunity to make a living and support themselves.
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    Without enforced standards and funding, how would impoverished states give their children a decent education? Oh, yes, that's right, the rapture is coming and they think their kids don't need schooling. Please. Teach your mythology in church and let the schools teach fact. Your "beliefs" don't trump facts. Sorry, not sorry.
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    One of the most positive and transformative parts of my experience in Arizona's public high school system was being part of DECA, an international student organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. I strongly support CTE programs like these that can help students discover real-world applications for things they are learning in the classroom.
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    I think any type of educational program should be reformed for the benefit of the students who aim to achieve a good future for themselves. So much is invested in the college-bound population, but we, as a nation, also need to support those who want to take an alternate path in life and enable them for success as well. And because each state's education system is different, states should have the power to reform theirs because they are more in touch with their own state's educational needs.
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    CTE is essential to prepare children to live in an ever changing world. Technology has become a part of life, and we need to embrace it or be left In the dark.
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    This is logical in theory, but in the end simply gives government more power (albeit at the state and local levels rather than the federal level). It seems to be a step in the right direction, but it's still state education, which I will always be against.
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    I know there is no info on this app about this bill, but this bill was extremely important. It basically says that the Federal Government can micromanage our students' CAREERS on an individual basis! That is not only unconstitutional, but it is anti-American and rather scary.
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    Good initiative, poor judgement. Take away the money and get government out of education and it will fix itself.
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    It should be left up to the states, not the Federal Government to mandate educational changes. If the students take the basic classes in english, history, math and science they will be ready for Community Colleges or local apprenticeships. Bring back the basic shop and home making classes and along with a normal high school education students will achieve. Babying kids won't bring any more education needs. I went to a small rural school, 500 kids kindergarten through 12th grade. Shop class was in the bus garage. 30 of us graduated and all had good paying jobs or a college education.
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    I teach CTE in a middle school. My state only wants to provide services for CTE to students in 8-12, but our district is choosing to do the right thing and stretch those $$ to serve 6-12. Since we no longer have a fully funded program, we are losing positions each year. Family and Consumer Science (cooking, childcare, household management) agriculture, automotive technology... I don't see anything in this bill that might prevent our situation, but I know that our classes are all that keep some kids in school, and get them ready for a good job when they graduate high school.
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    The federal government needs to stay out of our education system all together. Education is best regulated by the parents, local schools, and counties. The state should be only minimally involved.
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