U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (VA), co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, along with U.S. Senators Mark Warner, Barbara Boxer, Sheldon Whitehouse, and Bob Casey, introduced the Middle School Technical Education Program (Middle STEP) Act that would expose middle school students to CTE programs focused on career exploration. The Middle STEP Act would establish a pilot program that allows middle schools to partner with postsecondary institutions and local businesses to develop and implement CTE exploration programs that give students access to apprenticeships or project-based learning opportunities, which are traditionally not available to students until high school or postsecondary programs. Kaine introduced an earlier version of the legislation in the 113th Congress. Kaine’s intention is to have the Middle STEP ACT included as an amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and is expected to be debated on the Senate floor in the coming weeks.
Additional information on the Middle Step Act can be found here: