Thompson-Langevin Bill Promoting Career Counseling Programs Passes House with Overwhelming Bipartisan Support

May 9, 2014 Issues: Education

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA) and Jim Langevin (D-RI), Co-Chairmen of the bipartisan Congressional Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, applauded today’s passage of an amendment to the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act (H.R. 10) that gives priority to charter school grant applicants that offer comprehensive career counseling.

H.R. 10 replaces the current charter school grant program with a program that awards grants to state agencies. The Langevin-Thompson Amendment, which passed 378-27 with strong bipartisan support, adds comprehensive career counseling to the criteria the U.S. Secretary of Education will consider when making grants under this bill.

"This amendment recognizes that career counseling is a critical tool we must promote in order to assure that students are informed and prepared to meet their next educational or career challenge,” stated Rep. Thompson. “I am proud the House today acted to incentivize comprehensive career counseling programs in our schools and included this amendment as a part of the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act.  I want to thank the members of the Education and the Workforce Committee for working in a spirit of bipartisanship this week on these important measures that will help students maximize their individual potential to achieve."

“Investments in education are repaid many times over through the creation of a skilled, educated workforce. That investment is made exponentially stronger when we provide young people with career counseling programs that enable them to make smart decisions about their futures,” said Rep. Langevin, who last year introduced the Counseling for Career Choice Act to ensure that high school students are made fully aware of their career and education options prior to graduation. “If we want our students to be successful, both in traditional and charter school settings, we need to empower them to understand all of their options and pursue a career that works for them.”

This amendment drew support from a broad array of organizations, including the American School Counselor Association, the Association for Career and Technical Education, the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

“Career guidance is a vital component of all successful education programs, which connects students with the insights they need to make informed career and education decisions,” said LeAnn Wilson, executive director of the Association for Career and Technical Education. “ACTE supports initiatives that will expand access to these resources for America’s youth regardless of their academic or socioeconomic background. We appreciate the work of our leaders in Congress who have dedicated themselves to such efforts, including Representatives Jim Langevin who has previously demonstrated a deep commitment to comprehensive career guidance in such initiatives as the Counseling for Career Choice Act, and Glenn Thompson who have worked together in crafting this bipartisan amendment.”