Committee unanimously approves bill for technical ed centers

Feb 17, 2020

Augusta — A bill to invest in career and technical education centers in Maine received bipartisan committee support Feb. 12.

The Legislature’s Education and Cultural Affairs Committee voted unanimously in favor of LD 2022, “An Act to Provide Funding for Capital Improvements and Equipment for Career and Technical Education Centers and Regions,” introduced by Sen. Erin Herbig, D-Belfast.

As amended by the committee, LD 2022 would authorize the commissioner of education to expend and disburse $4 million to career and technical education (CTE) centers and career and technical education regions to make targeted capital improvements and equipment purchases. This funding would be on top of any other funding for career and technical centers set in the state’s supplemental budget.

There are 27 CTE centers in Maine that serve more than 8,000 high school students and many more in adult education programs. If legislation is successful this session, it will be the first time CTE has received an increase in funds for equipment and capital improvements since 1998.

The bill now faces votes before the Maine Senate and House.

 

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