CTSO Funding and Expenditures

Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) are encouraged and expected in schools with CTE programming as part of a holistic approach to curriculum and leadership development for students.

Perkins V gives local CTE programs the ability to support CTSOs with CTE Funding, including student preparation for and participation in technical skills competitions aligned with CTE program standards and curricula. While fiscal support for CTSOs that are duly established and chartered is allowable, not all activities can be supported solely with CTE Funding. As a reminder, funding the equipment and curricula needs for classrooms is the priority for CTE expenditures. To qualify for funding a CTSO must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Are considered an integral part of instruction in CTE and, as such, contribute to the attainment of specified curriculum competencies within the recognized program areas of secondary CTE
  • Are supervised by qualified and licensed CTE personnel
  • Are affiliated with appropriate state and/or national organizational structures
  • Are organized and conducted in accordance with guidelines and policies of the State Board of Education (CTED-002) as specified by Career and Technical Education
  • Serve as a teaching strategy that contributes significantly to the motivation and total development of students through activities that develop leadership abilities, citizenship skills, and social competencies leading to a wholesome attitude about living and working

Allowable Expenditures

  • CTSO items required for competition (must remain the property of the LEA and have existing controls in place to monitor assignment of items to students)
  • Supporting State Event Participation
      • Substitute Teacher Pay
      • Staff travel, subsistence and registration fees for one qualifies/licensed CTE educator who functions as the adviser throughout the year (only one adviser per 15 students will be supported).
      • Expenses for additional school based personnel chaperones (1 per additional 15 students)
      • Travel, hotel (if conference requires and overnight stay) and registration fee for students who are serving as state officers.
  • Supporting National CTSO Event Participation
      • Substitute Teacher Pay
      • Staff travel, subsistence and registration fees for one qualifies/licensed CTE educator who functions as the adviser throughout the year (only one adviser per 15 students will be supported).
      • Expenses for additional school based personnel chaperones (1 per additional 15 students)
      • Travel, hotel (if conference requires and overnight stay) and registration fee for students who have qualified for national competition and/or are serving as state/national officers.

Expenditures Not Allowed

  • Non-instructional and personal CTSO items including
      • Lodging, meals, or transportation to activities of social assemblage
      • Purchasing of supplies, jackets, and other effects for students' personal use
      • Costs of non-instructional activities, such as social or athletic events
      • Printing and disseminating a non-instructional newsletter
      • Purchasing awards of recognition of students, advisors, or other individuals
      • Payment of membership dues
  • Travel, subsistence and registration for non-school system personnel to chaperone
  • Food/Meals for students attending conferences or CTSO events

Questions regarding the support of CTSOs should be directed to Dr. Julie Pack, Executive Director of CTE