This report, the second installment in Advance CTE’s “Connecting the Classroom to Careers,” series, explores an issue that is often a stumbling block for K-12 work-based learning – ensuring these experiences are safe and legal for students. This report features New Jersey, Kentucky and California and their approaches to dismantling work-based learning’s legal barriers, including training teachers to understand the state and federal legal, health and safety requirements for work-based learning and mitigating work-based learning liability concerns for schools and employers.
Debunking these myths is critical to scaling work-based learning. Starting with educating themselves, states can and should play an instrumental role in helping correct misconceptions about students under the age of 18 in the workplace.
Other installments in the series include Setting a Statewide Vision for Work-based Learning, Leveraging Intermediaries to Expand Work-based Learning and Measuring Work-based Learning for Continuous Improvement.