ESEA legislation reauthorized

$12 Billion in Funding Opportunities

Vocational education recently won access to approximately $12 billion in potential funding sources. The new Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization signed into law by President Clinton mandates that each state must coordinate activities supporting school-to-work transition and vocational education.

Along with increasing vocational-technical education's input in the creation of state and local education plans, ESEA offers the following opportunities:

Targeted Assistance School programs must include applied learning techniques, career awareness, and school-to-work preparation services.

Professional Development grants are available for developing curricula and teaching methods that integrate academic and vocational instruction, including applied learning and team teaching strategies.

The Demonstration of Innovative Practices program expands to include grants to public or private partnerships that emphasize integrating academic and vocational learning.

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Professional Development Program funds efforts to train teachers in innovative instructional methods that integrate real-world applications into the core academic subjects.

The Star Schools Program funds activities that provide information about employment opportunities and job training, with professional development for vocational education teachers and staff.

The Women's Educational Equity program funds training for women and girls to develop professional and marketable skills to compete in the global marketplace (especially in careers where women have been underrepresented), improve self-esteem, and enhance their school-to-work transition.

Urban and Rural Education Assistance grants authorize in-school youth employment, vocational education, and career education programs that improve the transition from school to work.

Excerpted with permission from AVA Legislative Update, November 1994. This is not an exhaustive list. For more complete information, refer to the publication or phone AVA at 703-683-3111.

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