In November 2016, Oregon voters overwhelmingly supported Measure 98, which called for investing $800 per high school student, or about $300 million every two years, for career, education, college preparation and dropout prevention.

Despite the voter mandate, the 2017 Legislature provided only $170 million to our state’s High School Graduation and College and Career Readiness Fund over two years in 2017-2019.

The 2019 Legislature offers another chance to secure the dollars students need. Oregonians need to make sure their representatives understand that Career and Technical Education (CTE) provides students with academic and technical skills, knowledge and training that will help them succeed in their future careers.

Let’s make sure that our representatives in Salem know that CTE is worth the investment.

The high school graduation rate for CTE concentrators is about 90 percent — that’s 13 percentage points higher than the overall state average.

Providing students with more access to CTE opportunities can help them achieve their academic goals and prepare them for future career success.

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