Career Pathways and Technical Education Advisory Task Force
Function: A career pathways and technical education advisory task force is established to recommend to the Minnesota legislature how to structurally redesign secondary and postsecondary education to better serve all students.
By February 15, 2014, the task force shall submit a written report describing its recommendations to the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees and divisions with primary jurisdiction over kindergarten through grade 12 education.
The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 (Perkins IV; P.L. 109-270) was intended to develop the academic and career and technical skills of secondary and postsecondary education students who elect to enroll in career and technical education (CTE) programs, particularly programs that prepare students for high-skill, high-wage, or high-demand occupations in current or emerging professions. Two goals of the Act were to strengthen the connections between secondary and postsecondary education, and improve state and local accountability.
The 2013 legislature established a task force to examine issues related to better aligning secondary and postsecondary education and make recommendations to invigorate secondary CTE, build, improve, and sustain secondary/postsecondary connections, and make career pathways the central mechanism by which students plan, develop, and implement their education goals.
The Task Force held eight meetings beginning on August 12, 2013. Recommendations were finalized and adopted at the final meeting on February 10, 2014. The Task Force was set to expire the day after it reported to the legislature, or February 15, 2014, whichever was earlier.
The Career Pathways Advisory Task Force shall have 15 members appointed by July 15, 2013, as follows:
(1) one member appointed by the Minnesota Association of Career and Technical Administrators;
(2) one member appointed by the Minnesota Association for Career and Technical Education;
(3) one member appointed by the University of Minnesota who is a faculty member working to develop career and technical educators in Minnesota;
(4) one member appointed by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities who is a faculty member working to develop career and technical educators in Minnesota;
(5) one member appointed by the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education;
(6) one member appointed by the Minnesota Department of Education;
(7) one member appointed by the Minnesota Board of Teaching;
(8) one member appointed by the Minnesota Association of Colleges for Teacher Education;
(9) one member appointed by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities from faculty for foundational skills and general education;
(10) one member representing licensed career and technical education teachers appointed by Education Minnesota;
(11) one member appointed by the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development;
(12) one member appointed by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce;
(13) one member appointed by the Minnesota Business Partnership;
(14) one member appointed by the Minnesota Secondary School Principals Association;
(15) one member appointed by the Minnesota Association of School Administrators;
(16) one member appointed by the Minnesota School Counselors Association;
(17) one member appointed by the Minnesota Association of Charter Schools; and
(18) four members appointed by the commissioner of education who have expertise in any of the areas with which the task force has been charged in subdivision 1.
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