House budget would boost funding for vocational education in Pima County

2014-03-29T00:00:00Z 2014-08-05T11:56:50Z House budget would boost funding for vocational education in Pima CountyBy Becky Pallack Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Career and technical education programs in Pima County could get a small budget boost if the state Senate passes the House-approved budget.

The budget bill passed by the House on Thursday restores full funding for the Joint Technological Education District (JTED). The school district has been receiving 91 percent of its budgeted funding since it opened in 2007.

Assistant Superintendent Tina Norton said full funding would mean an additional $1.3 million for programs in Pima County. 

She said the school district is thrilled and grateful to state Rep. Ethan Orr, R-Tucson, who fought for the money.

The Legislature also eliminated funding for freshmen-level job-training programs in 2011. That cut was not restored in the House budget bill.

JTED receives about $10 million in funding from the state and about $5 million from the county and serves about 14,000 students.

Contact reporter Becky Pallack at bpallack@gmail.com or 573-4251. On Twitter: @BeckyPallack

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