My turn: House Bill 81 worth supporting

Today’s acronym is CTSO.

CTSO stands for Career and Technical Student Organizations, programs with perhaps more recognizable acronyms like BPA (Business Professionals of America), DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America), and FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America).

Odds are good that you or someone you know has been involved in one of these organizations. I believe they offer some of the finest educational experiences available to middle school, secondary and post-secondary students.

State Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Texico, seems to agree, because he introduced a bill in Santa Fe last week to provide emergency funding to help keep CTSOs afloat. H.B. 81 seeks $800,000 to support six organizations engaging more than 5,000 New Mexico youth.

CTSOs often get the short end of the stick in public schools. But most students who have been involved in one will tell you that their participation in groups such as BPA and DECA and FCCLA provided them not only with great memories and life experiences, but also better prepared them for the real world than anything else they did.

If you have the time and inclination, write or call your legislators and put in a good word for H.B. 81. It is one investment guaranteed to pay off.