In response to growing requests and interest in secondary career and technical education, Education Commission of the States recently released a 50-State Comparison that examines state policy on a range of secondary CTE topics from funding to teacher licensure. Over the next month, we will publish a series of blog posts highlighting interesting findings and state policy examples.
It is estimated that CTE costs may be between 20 and 40 percent higher than those for general academic instruction. In order to meet the higher cost of offering CTE, states appropriate considerable funds in addition to federal Perkins funds. The way states allocate funds to districts for secondary CTE varies widely depending on the approach and complexity of the funding system.