ERIC Number: ED565736
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Expanding Access to Vocational-Technical Education in Massachusetts. White Paper No. 136
Ardon, Ken; Fraser, Alison L.
Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research
It is clear from assessment, graduation, and follow-up data that career-vocational technical education (CVTE), as it is practiced in Massachusetts, is a success. CVTE is becoming so popular that there are up to 5,000 more applicants for places in Massachusetts' vocational technical schools than there are openings, creating waiting lists. This paper examines the conditions that have created the present predicament whereby there are waiting lists for vocational education, and 52 Massachusetts cities and towns do not have access to either district or regional career vocational technical programs. It also examines funding for vocational-technical education; while vocational-technical education is more expensive than traditional high school, it would cost the state less than ½% of the FY16 education budget to provide 5,000 more CVTE placements in Massachusetts.
Descriptors: Access to Education, Vocational Education, Technical Education, Career Education, Educational Finance, Budgets, Enrollment Trends, Dropout Rate, State Aid, Costs
Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research. 185 Devonshire Street, Boston, MA 02110. Tel: 617-723-2277; Web site: http://www.pioneerinstitute.org
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, Center for School Reform
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts