Law restoring JTED funding includes new requirements
Posted on 02/26/2016
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Legislation signed into law by Gov. Doug Ducey in February not only restored $28 million in funding to Joint Technical Education Districts (JTEDs) like the East Valley Institute of Technology, but also put numerous measures in place to ensure that all career and technical education programs are of high quality.

 The law requires that each centralized campus and satellite EVIT course:

  • Conducts a majority of instructional time in a lab, field-based or work-based learning environment
  • Demonstrates a need for extra funding
  • Requires specialized equipment exceeding the cost of a standard educational course
  • Is not a course required for high school graduation

    The law requires that each centralized campus and satellite EVIT program:

  • Fills a high-need vocation or industry need
  • Requires a credential or skill that allows a student to obtain employment before receiving an associate’s or bachelor’s degree
  • Leads to industry certification or licensure that qualifies the student for employment for which the student would not otherwise qualify
  • Requires instruction and materials different from and exceeding the scope of standard instruction
  • Demonstrates financial or technical support from an industry or vocation
  • Demonstrates a need for extra funding

The new law also specifies that students must obtain a passing score of at least 60 percent on CTE assessments, and requires the Arizona Department of Education to develop criteria – including graduation and completion rates, assessment performance and employment placement rates -- that can be used to grade JTEDs.

 In addition, the law prohibits school districts and charter schools from requiring students to generate full funding at their school or enroll in more courses needed to graduate before enrolling in EVIT programs. And, school districts and charter schools are prohibited from discouraging or prohibiting students from enrolling at EVIT.

 For more information, visit the Arizona Legislature website at and search for Senate Bill 1525 (SB1525).

EVIT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or sexual orientation in its programs or activities. CTE program offerings include: Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications; Auto & Transportation Services; Construction Technologies; Culinary Arts & Hospitality; Education; Engineering; Health Sciences; Human Services; Information Technology; Manufacturing Trades; and Public Safety. For a full listing of programs, go to The lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in EVIT CTE programs. The following employees have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Title IX/Title VII/EEOC Coordinator, EVIT Superintendent, 1601 W. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85201 or call (480) 461-4000, or by email at; Section 504/ADA Coordinator, Tony Niccum, STEPS, 1601 W. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85201, or call (480) 461-4154 or by email

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