Career and technical education (CTE) is a critical part of delivering the quality education students deserve from their public schools. However, a lack of sustained investments in CTE funding, and more broadly, basic education funding, has caused limited access for students who wish to enter the workforce immediately following graduation.
Skilled Workers Needed: Investing in Career and Technical Education, released by PPC and the PA Schools Work Campaign, explores the role of career and technical education in supporting Pennsylvania’s economic development.
- A Rural Perspective
- A Suburban Perspective
- An Urban Perspective
- School District Data Tables
- Sources & Methodology
Every child should have an equal opportunity to attend a local public school that has adequate resources to ensure that he or she can learn and meet state academic standards. After all, today’s students are the key to our future economic viability.Unfortunately, many rural, suburban and urban school districts are spending below the amount needed to educate students – or their adequacy target. That underspending is a direct result of inadequate state support.
Every child should have an equal opportunity to attend a local public school that has adequate resources to ensure that he or she can learn and meet state academic standards. Unfortunately, that is not the case for many children living in Pennsylvania and is far too often not the case for children living in rural communities. More than half of the rural school districts in Pennsylvania are spending less educating their children than their estimated adequacy target or the amount expected to ensure that children can reach the state’s rigorous academic standards.