Senate bill hammers at Gov. Nixon’s inaction on Career and Technical Education Advisory Board

Because of inaction by Gov. Jay Nixon, Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R) has taken the reigns and sponsored a bill to get the Career and Technical Education Advisory Council up and running in Missouri. The council has been vacant for the two years since its creation.

The council was created to provide information to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and to develop a statewide short-range and long-range plan for career and technical education, identify legislative recommendations to improve career and technical education, and promote coordination of existing career and technical education programs.

“The issue we have is that what’s being taught now is not matching up to today’s technology,” Sen. Munzlinger said. “By getting these people in the position they are in hopefully will give direction for new technology and the jobs of the future.”

Senate Bill 17, which was passed in 2013, declared that the governor would appoint the members of the council. In two years no one has been appointed to the council. Munzlinger’s bill, Senate Bill 13, would modify the composition of the Career and Technical Education Advisory Council. Instead of the Governor appointing the Advisory Council’s eleven members, the Commissioner of Education would make these appointments. This act also expands the Advisory Council’s membership to include two senators, appointed by the President Pro Tem of the Senate, and two representatives, appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

“The governor has failed to appoint anybody to that board,” Sen. Munzlinger said. “The previous bill was voted 34-0 out of the senate and practically unanimous in the House. Since the governor’s not going to do anything we decided to change it and allow the director of DESE to appoint people to the council and set this up. This bill will hopefully allow us to actually implement the program.”

The bill has passed in the Senate and has been voted do pass out of the House Education committee and awaits action on the House floor.

For more information on education issues please contact Brian Bunten, general counsel for the Missouri Chamber, at bbunten@mochamber.com or by phone at 573-634-3511.

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