The School-to-Work Opportunities Act:

Opportunities for Curriculum Action

As federal initiatives continue to influence the landscape of educational practice, education-for-employment issues have become central to educational reform. Federal Public Law 103-329 (H.R.2884) of May 4, 1994, also known as the School-To-Work Opportunities Act of 1994, requires shared planning and informed decision-making processes at the state and local level.

This act intends to improve the knowledge and skills of youths by integrating academic and occupational learning, integrating school-based and work-based learning, and building effective links between secondary and postsecondary education (SEC. 3. [9]).

Implications for quality curriculum are threaded throughout the Act, and opportunities abound for the development of comprehensive curriculum that considers not only content but also pedagogy, student assessment, and the infusion of equity and diversity considerations throughout the instructional material.

The following sections of the Act directly address school-to-work curriculum. They are cited here for the consideration of curriculum practitioners at both the state and local levels:

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