From the desk of the Commissioner: Interim Commissioner Robin Fields Kinney“I am thankful to Sen. David Givens for sponsoring Senate Bill 192 and Rep. Bobby McCool for sponsoring House Bill 499, both of which were filed late last week. These identical bills build upon the Kentucky General Assembly’s historic investment of state funds for local career and technical education (CTE) programs in the 2022 budget session.

“These bills would create equity in funding for all CTE programs, so that a student would have equal value in a state-operated center and in a locally operated center or program. They also introduce a small component of performance funding to incentivize districts to use indicators of high-quality CTE programs and emphasize spending funds on high-quality instructional resources and industry-standard equipment for enhanced student learning in CTE pathways. Kentucky has been a national leader in providing meaningful CTE experiences that prepare our students for their future careers, and this legislation will help our districts continue that fine tradition.”