August 03, 2021

MBAE Affiliate Letter to Joint Committee on Education on CTE

As we emerge from the pandemic, the need for robust pathways to economic opportunity is urgent. Students and businesses alike are demanding access to the skills needed for success in our dynamic economy. A recent report from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) found that 44 out of 58 career-technical education (CTE) schools surveyed had a waitlist. Statewide, demand among rising 9th graders for spots in CTE schools is 1.5 times the number of places available, and that demand is growing. Expansion of CTE school capacity is necessary. We must also strengthen and better integrate other career-connected learning pathways if we are to flexibly meet student needs and remain responsive to shifting economic opportunities.