Legislation signed into law by Gov. Doug Ducey in February not only restored $28 million in funding to Joint Technical Education Districts (JTEDs) like the East Valley Institute of Technology, but also put numerous measures in place to ensure that all career and technical education programs are of high quality.
The law requires that each centralized campus and satellite EVIT course:
The new law also specifies that students must obtain a passing score of at least 60 percent on CTE assessments, and requires the Arizona Department of Education to develop criteria – including graduation and completion rates, assessment performance and employment placement rates -- that can be used to grade JTEDs.
In addition, the law prohibits school districts and charter schools from requiring students to generate full funding at their school or enroll in more courses needed to graduate before enrolling in EVIT programs. And, school districts and charter schools are prohibited from discouraging or prohibiting students from enrolling at EVIT.
For more information, visit the Arizona Legislature website at www.azleg.gov and search for Senate Bill 1525 (SB1525).