Tom Horne Responds

The following comments were submitted by Superintendent Tom Horne in response to earlier posts by “Cincinnaticus.” In presenting this response, Sonoran Alliance neither endorses nor opposes the campaign of Tom Horne for Attorney General. No endorsements have been made in this race.

1. At no time did the Channel 15 report accuse any State Department of Education staff of doing anything inappropriate, and Horne did not attend the event..

2. If local districts find that any of their teachers who attended this conference behaved inappropriately, those districts should hold their employees accountable.

The major costs for this conference are borne by private industry who value the strong offering of CTE courses available in AZ public schools. The remainder is federal funding. No state funding was used. 

Carl Perkins Act dollars (federal) spent for CTE conference:

Rooms: $89 per night: total $5,220
Registration: $8,000 – meals (breakfast and lunch); training; transportation
Food: $1,320 – dinner for 3 nights

1. Career and Technical Education is the cornerstone for the preparation of Arizona students in secondary and postsecondary education for careers in High Wage, High Skill and High Demand occupations. To meet mandates under the Federal Carl D. Perkins 4 act, through the U.S. Department of Education, Arizona CTE provides professional development training for teachers from throughout Arizona using federal funding. This training is provided to meet the ever-changing need of business and industry.

2. The professional development training is provided annually at a summer conference when teachers are not in the classroom, thus eliminating the need for substitute teachers. This also eliminates the need of sending professionals from the Department of Education on hundreds of small trips statewide requiring the use of state vehicles, overnight expenses statewide and meeting with small groups of teachers in remote locations throughout Arizona.

3. The conference, attended by 1,500 educators and business and industry, provides over 315 professional development sessions in high tech areas like engineering, bio science, manufacturing, healthcare and automotive technology, is held by the Association for Career and Technical Education in collaboration with CTE.

4. The conference takes place during summer value season at facilities who meet federal per-diem, do not charge for meeting space and provide food and beverage at acceptable federal guidelines. The requirements for space is now in access of 100,000 sq. feet to accommodate all of the industry equipment and other needs for in-service of CTE teachers.

ACTEaz/CTE Professional Development Conference Information Sheet
34th Annual ACTEaz Professional Development Conference is conducted by ACTEaz, in partnership with ADE and Business and Industry

Purpose: Professional development

  • Business and Industry Update
  • Assessment Item development
  • State and Federal accountability

Activities:

  • 320 professional development sessions were provided for CTE educators
  • Carl D Perkins Federal Act requires professional development be provided for CTE educators on current business and industry updates and practices
  • Funding sources
  • Federal funds
  • Local funds
  • Business and industry funds

Attendees: Total 1,500 participants

  • Secondary Teachers
  • Postsecondary Faculty
  • Administrators
  • Business and Industry
    • Arizona Skills Commission: 26 attendees
    • CTE Advisory Board: 9 attendees
    • Circle of Distinction: 10
    • Business and industry providers, vendors and sponsors: 150
    • Business and industry representatives providing professional development: 40
    • Teachers provided professional development to peers: over 200
  • ADE/CTE Administration
    • 18 professional staff provided leadership, professional development, technical assistance, business and industry linkage for the duration of the conference
    • 2 administrative assistants provided conference support
    • 18 professional staff provided leadership, professional development, technical assistance, business and industry linkage for 1-3 days of conference
    • National Association Leaders providing professional development: 10

Cost effectiveness:

  • Held during “summer value” season for the industry
  • Lowest rates of the year
  • Consolidates professional development for CTE educators state wide for required business and industry updates
  • Substitutes for teachers not required

Summary: Twenty ADE personnel provided staffing for the conference full time. Eighteen provided 1-3 day specialized training and in-service to over 1,500 conference attendees.

 


Comments

  1. Sarka Scarpulla says

    The room rates really are very reasonable. I wish I could grab an $85 double at the La Paloma. But I see now that it was not really not an professional development conference, it was a trade show to sell product:

    Business and industry providers, vendors and sponsors: 150
    Business and industry representatives providing professional development: 40

  2. Hawk for Horne says

    Horne was just on 15 on Thursday. They could have queried him then! Maybe it is expected that he leave a spot open on his calendar, just in case Jason and Josh find something they can utilize for Andrews campaign.

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