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These comments are responses to the Civic Caucus interview with

Mark Schmitz, Superintendent, Staples-Motley School District
February 13, 2015

Is career-technical education more effectively introduced at the high school level?

Overview

Mark Schmitz, superintendent, Staples-Motley Public Schools, discusses an expansion in career-technical education in Staples-Motley made possible by a new voter-approved property tax.  Career-technical education is easier for students to accomplish at the high school level than at a state technical college, he says, because at the technical college level tightly-prescribed programs for specific career training usually extends far beyond a nine-month school year. Another motivating factor for the school district's offering such courses is that there's much lessbureaucracy locally at the district level than with a state institution. But an even more compelling reason, he believes, is that students simply need much earlier exposure to career opportunities and shouldn't have to wait until after high-school graduation to have that exposure.

For the complete interview summary see: Schmitz interview

Response Summary: Average response ratings shown below are simply the mean of all readers’ zero-to-ten responses to the ideas proposed and should not be considered an accurate reflection of a scientifically structured poll.

To assist the Civic Caucus in planning upcoming interviews, readers rated these statements about the topic on a scale of 0 (strongly disagree) to 5 (neutral) to 10 (strongly agree): 

1. Topic is of value. (9.1 average response) The interview summarized today provides valuable information or insight.

2. Further study warranted. (9.1 average response) It would be helpful to schedule additional interviews on this topic.

Readers rated the following points discussed during the meeting on a scale of 0 (strongly disagree) to 5 (neutral) to 10 (strongly agree): 

3. Districts should expand career/tech ed. (8.1 average response) Rather than cede responsibility to state community and technical colleges, E-12 school districts should expand career-technical education for middle school and high school students.

4. Finance career/tech ed via tax increase. (8.0 average response) As initiated by Staples-Motley School District, school districts should be open to submitting proposed property tax increases to voters to pay for career-technical education.

5. Provide exposure to local jobs. (9.6 average response) E-12 school districts should offer special tours and activities to help high school students consider career opportunities within their own communities.

6. Expose students to emerging jobs. (9.6 average response) Rather than exposing students only to existing job opportunities, school districts and employers need to acquaint students with occupations that are just emerging and more likely to be major career opportunities in the future.

Response Distribution:

Strongly disagree

Moderately disagree

Neutral

Moderately agree

Strongly agree

Total Responses

1. Topic is of value.

0%

0%

0%

43%

57%

7

2. Further study warranted.

0%

0%

0%

57%

43%

7

3. Districts should expand career/tech ed.

0%

0%

0%

71%

29%

7

4. Finance career/tech ed via tax increase.

0%

0%

29%

29%

43%

7

5. Provide exposure to local jobs.

0%

0%

0%

29%

71%

7

6. Expose students to emerging jobs.

0%

0%

0%

43%

57%

7

Individual Responses:

Vici Oshiro (10) (7.5) (7.5) (10) (10) (10)
3. Districts should expand career/tech ed. Students need more help in discovering what it means to be an adult in all its dimensions. I remember one of our daughters commenting when in early 20s that being an adult was as much fun as it looked when she was a teenager. Then the focus was on freedom to make decisions - not the responsibility.

4. Finance career/tech ed via tax increase. Should be open - that doesn't mean that many of them should take this option.

6. Expose students to emerging jobs. Don't expect schools to read tealeaves correctly all the time.

Bright Dornblaser (10) (10) (6) (10) (10) (10)

Wayne Jennings (10) (10) (10) (10) (10) (10)
Career and technical exposure and education in high school make great sense and fit many students better than the current overly academic program.

John Nowicki (na) (na) (na) (na) (na) (na)
This is back to the future. Schools out east had this many years ago. Also sounds European.

Tom Spitznagle (7) (9) (10) (5) (10) (9)

Mina Harrigan (10) (10) (8) (5) (10) (10)

Paul Hauge (9) (9) (7) (8) (9) (9)

Larry Schluter (8) (8) (8) (8) (8) (9)
Very interesting discussion, which may help direct more students to this area.
 

The Civic Caucus   is a non-partisan, tax-exempt educational organization.   The Interview Group  includes persons of varying political persuasions,
reflecting years of leadership in politics and business. Click here  to see a short personal background of each.

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Dan Loritz (Chair), Tim McDonald, Bruce Mooty, John Mooty, Jim Olson, Paul Ostrow, Wayne Popham, Dana Schroeder, Clarence Shallbetter, and Fred Zimmerman

 

 

 


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