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Chairman White Asks TEA to Maintain CTE Programs in School Campuses  print page

by: Rep. White, James
09/20/2018

(Austin, TX) – State Representative James White and many constituents in House District 19 have expressed concerns over the Texas Education Agency's consideration to eliminate certain career technical education (CTE) programs such as those in the field of cosmetology.

"I have many fine barbers and hair stylists in my district who have benefited from such programs. Some of these programs even have the capability of keeping our youth occupied in something productive, which ultimately reduces their chances of involvement in the adult and juvenile criminal justice systems," said Rep. White in a letter written to TEA Commissioner Mike Morath.

In his letter, Rep. White noted that he saw a problem with setting a minimum average salary for a program to be considered viable for students. In fact, he noted that this CTE program target salary of a minimum of $35,339 was higher than what we currently pay our public school teachers. https://tea.texas.gov/Texas_Educators/Salary_and_Service_Record/Minimum_Salary_Schedule/2018-2019_Minimum_Salary_Schedule/. "For the first eight years, the minimum annual pay scale for Texas teachers is below the CTE target salary! Yet, no one is suggesting gutting our core academic curriculum and discouraging young people to consider a career in education," he added.

As the Legislature continues to develop commonsense licensure programs, TEA should continue to ensure that we meet the needs of working Texans and provide an education for students who wish to work in any field of work available in the United States.

Please do not hesitate to contact Saul Mendoza, Chief of Staff with questions regarding this release at 512-463-0490.

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