Aiming to align career education to the needs of employers, state Sen. Travis Hutson proposed legislation to direct job growth grant fund money to certain charter schools that specialized in career-technical graduation pathways.
On Tuesday, Hutson changed his proposal, noting he had heard from other lawmakers including Democrats in the Senate who wanted a change. In the end, it no longer would pit the two types of schools against one another.
“We decided to introduce this amendment so it won’t just be charters, and it won’t be exclusive to the CTE pathway,” Hutson told the Senate Education Committee, the bill’s second stop.
Instead, every public high school that provides career-technical instruction programs, whether district or charter, would be eligible for the funds. The money would be restricted, though, to program expenses, and not tangential costs.
No one on the committee questioned the change. No one in the audience opposed the measure.
Without debate, the committee unanimously advanced the bill.