Good news!  Career and technical education is increasingly being recognized as an important part of public education. Although those of us in the CTE community have long understood this, many others are coming to the same conclusion as well.

Most of you by now have either heard of or read the groundbreaking Pathways to Prosperity report issued by Harvard's Graduate School of Education. If not, consider it required reading!
Toward a Common Model of CTE was written by Jean-Claude Brizard, a former high school administrator and CEO of Chicago Public Schools and now a Senior Advisor at The College Board. Brizard highlights what he sees as the value-added of high-quality high school CTE.
The second report, co-authored by Harry J. Holzer of the Georgetown Public Policy Institute and the Georgetown Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy, Dane Linn of The Business Roundtable, and Wanda Monthey of The College Board, was released in 2013. This report emerged from a convening of a large group of CTE researchers, practitioners, and policymakers who met to identify what constitutes high-quality CTE. Holzer, Linn, and Monthey examine the labor market environment confronting young people today and discuss what they believe to be the characteristics of CTE programs that address those challenges. Although there have been some criticisms of some of the analyses in this report, I want to share this with you because it illustrates the interest in CTE being expressed by influential voices outside the immediate field of CTE.

Below are links to additional reports offering more support for CTE:

A Quality Education for All: A CTE Policy Agenda   

Federal Investment in High-Quality, Career and Technical Education is Vital to Student Success (Sept. 20, 2013)

High-Quality CTE:  What the Research Shows (Oct. 2013)  

How CTE Can Help Students Be Career Ready - A Primer (Mar. 2013)  

Investing in America's Future - A Blueprint for Transforming CTE (April 2012)  

Our Future Depends on Putting Tech Education at the Core