Magazine article Techniques

ACTE Advocacy: A Snapshot of Work in Washington

Magazine article Techniques

ACTE Advocacy: A Snapshot of Work in Washington

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DURING THE PAST YEAR, THIS COLUMN HAS FOCUSED ON TACTICS AND STRATEGIES intended to support the CTE advocate specific suggestions about how you can advocate with your policymakers and other important stakeholders. ACTE staff use these same tactics on a weekly basis. This column provides more information on how we apply the tactics in our work.

ACTE's public policy department has six full-time stall devoted to promoting and advocating for CTE. Our locus includes direct lobbying to Congress. media outreach, coalition-building and t he collection and dissemination of research and data. We undertake this work in a variety or ways.

Although this column is not comprehensive, it will provide a snapshot of the work ACTE staff perform in the Nation's Capital.

Direct Lobbying

ACTE is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization. However, contrary to popular belief, such organizations are11 a..owed 1.0 lobby Congress and the Administration. ACTE has lour registered lobbyists on stall who regularly advocate before Congress and the Administration through in-person meetings, phone calls, e-mails and other contacl.

We provide proactive policy recommendations. For example, ACTE's Elementary and Secondary Education Act and Workfbrce Investment Act priorities were developed with input of ACTE task threes. We draft legklation and legislative proposals, and work collaboratively with Federal departments and agencies on regulatory issues which impact you. We often also respond to legislative initiatives, either independently or in response to direct contact front congressional staff seeking our input and expertise on legislative proposals.

In addition to lobbying, much of ACTE's work involves educating Congress about GTE. The Congressional Crit Caucus in the House of Representatives, which we helped to initiate a few years ago, is one way we perform this work. For instance, this Spring. AGIT and the Caucus worked with Career and Technical Student Organizations on a reception titled "Beyond the Farm: Integrating Agriculture, STEM and GTE in the 21st Century," to inform congressional members about the important link between GTE and STEM and the breadth of Agriculture Education related to the topie.

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Media Outreach

Similar to our lobbying and education work on Capitol Hill, ACTE works both proactively and reactively with the media to promote positive stories, clam and statistical information and to communicate the human side of an issue that makes for an interesting and relevant story. …

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