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HELP WANTED: Career and Technology Education in Baltimore City Public Schools

PUBLISHED BY The Abell Foundation 111 S. Calvert Street, Suite 2300 Baltimore, Maryland 21202



MARCH 2005

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Methodology

This Abell Foundation report was prepared largely by the research of Barbara Hopkins who worked with the Office of Career and Technology in the Baltimore City Public School System (BCPSS) over the last year to collect and analyze information and data.

The report was commissioned by Dr. Bonnie S. Copeland, CEO of BCPSS, and the High School Reform Steering Committee as a way to further inform the efforts of improving achievement in Baltimore City's zoned high schools.

The Abell Foundation thanks Cheryl Jones, BCPSS, and Katherine Oliver, Lynne Gilli, and Jeff Lucas at the Maryland State Department of Education for their cooperation and expertise, and Molly Rath for her writing contributions.

It is the intent of The Abell Foundation to support further study in the area of Career and Technology education within Baltimore City public schools.

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Table of Contents

I. Executive Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 II. Background: The History of Career Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 III. Is CTE Valuable?

i). The National Case for CTE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 ii). The Case for CTE in Baltimore City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 IV. Meeting the Demand: The State of CTE in Baltimore City Public Schools i). Overview of BCPSS's CTE program on paper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 ii). Baltimore City CTE in Practice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 V. Identifying the Issues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 VI. Recommendations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Endnotes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Bibliography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Appendices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53

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