To make this vision a reality, the Mayor’s Office convened a task force, with support from the NYC DOE and the Board of Regents, to recommend how to strengthen career and technical pathways in New York City. The Mayor charged the task force to recommend policy changes and actions to ensure that CTE:
- is rigorous and relevant and prepares NYC students to meet academic and industry-based standards;
- prepares NYC students for postsecondary education, work and training options, emphasizing integration and articulation with postsecondary degree programs;
- integrates coursework, work-based learning experiences and hands-on experience so that students develop competencies, skills, and attitudes for success beyond high school and in the workforce; and,
- is accessible to all students and equips students and their families to make informed choices about education and work.
The task force first met on March 25, 2008. Its second meeting was open to the public on April 30th at the United Federation of Teachers. The task force met again on June 12th at Food and Finance High School to hear public comment on the preliminary recommendations.
Over the past year, the DOE has documented and incorporated input from a range of constituents, agencies, and advocates about the need to expand further the range of secondary school offerings, a critical component of Children First.
Upon public release, the final report of the task force will be posted here. Click here for the Preliminary Recommendations.