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  • Legislation « NASDCTEc Blog
    for federal Medicaid payments The funding in this amendment would be fully paid for and would reduce the deficit by 3 million over ten years and 1 371 billion over eleven years While the amendment still needs to be passed the cloture vote marked forward progress on the stalled amendment If the 30 hours of post cloture time is not yielded back that vote will be around 5 pm tomorrow and if the Senate passes the bill only 51 votes are needed it will have to go to the House for a vote The House left for summer recess last week but Speaker Nancy Pelosi CA just announced that the House will be called into session next week to pass the bill once the Senate completes action By Nancy in Legislation Tags budget Congress funding Legislation NCLB ESEA Public Policy teachers Strategic Efforts Urged in Addressing Low Performing High Schools Tuesday April 27th 2010 In Prioritizing the Nation s Lowest Performing High Schools the Alliance for Excellent Education calls legislators to address the approximately two thousand high schools which account for half the nation s dropouts The Alliance for Excellent Education states that Effectively performing legislative triage now will yield economic benefit to the nation and to the millions of individual students who will graduate from high school with a diploma that prepares them for success in college careers and life By Ramona in Legislation Publications Tags Legislation Secretary Duncan Set to Advance Administration Priorities Through ESEA Thursday January 21st 2010 As reported by Education Week yesterday Arne Duncan s first year as Secretary of Education could place him among the most influential leaders in his department s 30 year history Given oversight of unprecedented amounts of education aid in the economic stimulus package Secretary Duncan has been able to advance administration priorities such as charter schools teacher performance pay common academic standards and turnarounds of low performing schools through reform efforts such as the Race to the Top and Investing in Innovation grant programs While Department officials have indicated that they plan to implement many of these same reforms through a reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act ESEA this year there is no guarantee that the law will be passed anytime soon ESEA was due for reauthorization in 2007 but Congress and the Bush Administration failed to work out differences surrounding accountability and teacher effectiveness based on student achievement This time around Secretary Duncan faces critics such as teachers unions and those who believe he is placing too much emphasis on testing But Secretary Duncan plans to meet with the chairmen and ranking minority members of the education committees and the subcommittees in both houses of Congress about ESEA soon after the State of the Union Address The heart of our strategy is to secure bipartisan support and enthusiasm for this on the very front end said communications chief Peter Cunningham He also plans to meet with teachers unions and the corporate and philanthropic communities By Nancy in Legislation Public Policy Tags Legislation NCLB ESEA race to the top Secretary Duncan FY 2010 Appropriations Process Finally Completed Monday December 21st 2009 Last week President Obama signed legislation that provides funding for six appropriations bills that had not yet been signed into law This includes the bill that funds the U S Department of Education As we have been aware for months as this bill has slowly moved through Congress there is no additional funding for programs supported through the Carl D Perkins Career and Technical Education Act These programs are all flat funded at the same level as last year So this closes the books on the FY 2010 Federal appropriations process The opening act of the FY 2011 process begins soon The first step is the release of the President s recommendations for FY 2011 which are unveiled in early February We will of course continue to monitor and influence this process at the Administration level and then after February when the focus turns to Congress writing appropriations bills we will be working on Capitol Hill to remind our elected officials of the important role career technical education has in developing a well educated public and a skilled American workforce By admin in Legislation Tags advocacy budget Congress federal legislation funding Legislation Public Policy ECS Releases New CTE Brief Thursday October 8th 2009 Last month the Education Commission of the States issued their most recent StateNote Noteworthy State Legislation for Improving Career and Technical Education a brief that outlines legislation in the states that aims to address the needs of students and the workforce The brief breaks down the legislation by category e g Accountability Career Ready Certification Dual Enrollment and details what s special about the bills This is a great resource to see what is going on in other states and what could be replicated in your state By Nancy in Publications Tags Legislation Public Policy Luncheon to discuss NCLB reauthorization more questions than answers Thursday September 10th 2009 NCLB reauthorization When s it going to happen What s it going to look like How will the stimulus factor in No one knows for sure Today I attended a luncheon hosted by Women in Government Relations that featured Gary Huggins of the Commission on NCLB at the Aspen Institute and Danica Petroshius former Clinton Administration and HELP Committee staffer The focus of the luncheon was the reauthorization of NCLB or ESEA as people are calling it again these days the discussion centered on the work that the Commission did in 2007 the focus of their efforts now the role that Race to the Top might play and the timing of reauthorization In 2007 the Commission on NCLB hosted a series of hearings and issued a report based on those hearings that offered recommendations for strengthening NCLB The report covered areas such as accountability data highly qualified teachers and school improvement This year the Commission plans to take the same approach they will conduct hearings in the

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  • Legislative Update: House Committee Passes WIA Reauth Bill « NASDCTEc Blog
    Research from the Field News Events Newsroom Press Releases NASDCTEc Meetings 2014 Spring Meeting 2014 Fall Meeting Archived NASDCTEc Meetings Achieving Excellence in CTE Career Cluster Institute Archived Career Cluster Institutes Webinars Archived Webinars Newsletters Members Membership Directory Members Only Webinars Member Only On Demand Webinars Member CCTC Resources Organizational Resources Board of Directors Finance Committee Career Clusters Institute Blog Series STEM it UP CTE in the News Why we Need Vocational Education Career Technical Education Legislative Update House Committee Passes WIA Reauth Bill The House Education and the Workforce Committee held a markup of H R 4297 the Workforce Investment Improvement Act of 2012 yesterday The bill represents large scale changes to the current WIA program The bill was approved by a party line vote of 23 to 15 There is no word on when the bill will go to the floor The bill proposes to consolidate approximately 30 existing workforce and training programs into a single flexible Workforce Investment Fund and it would give Governors the power to consolidate even more programs under a unified state plan The bill would also require states and locals to use common performance measures for all workforce development programs As we previously reported an earlier bill introduced by Rep Virginia Foxx NC which was merged into H R 4297 allowed states to submit a unified state plan encompassing two or more job training and related programs including both Perkins secondary and postsecondary programs Under Foxx s bill Perkins funds would have been eligible to be consolidated into a Workforce Investment Fund and used for workforce activities After hearing from the CTE community new language was added to the Workforce Investment Improvement Act that singles out Perkins as one program whose funds cannot be consolidated into the Workforce Investment Fund The Workforce Investment Improvement Act also proposes changes to the Job Corps program to ensure that CTE and job training offered under that program is focused on in demand occupations and that disadvantaged youth receive a regular high school diploma and or a postsecondary credential that prepares them for employment Democrats on the Committee are not supportive of the bill and offered a substitute bill as an amendment Their bill focused on career pathways in high demand industries that lead to industry recognized credentials and postsecondary attainment It would also expand the role of community colleges in job training The Democrats amendment was voted down along party lines A summary of H R 4297 can be found here Nancy Conneely Public Policy Manager Tags accountability career pathways community colleges Congress credentials federal legislation Job training Legislation postsecondary Public Policy WIA workforce youth employment This entry was posted on Friday June 8th 2012 at 9 34 am and is filed under Legislation You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2 0 feed Both comments and pings are currently closed Comments are closed Series This Week in CTE Legislative Updates State CTE Policy Updates CTE Research Review Friends of CTE Blog

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  • Legislative Update: WIA, Budget « NASDCTEc Blog
    Videos Research from the Field News Events Newsroom Press Releases NASDCTEc Meetings 2014 Spring Meeting 2014 Fall Meeting Archived NASDCTEc Meetings Achieving Excellence in CTE Career Cluster Institute Archived Career Cluster Institutes Webinars Archived Webinars Newsletters Members Membership Directory Members Only Webinars Member Only On Demand Webinars Member CCTC Resources Organizational Resources Board of Directors Finance Committee Welcome New Florida State Director Rod Duckworth Career Clusters Institute Series Why Use Social Media Technologies in the CTE Classroom Legislative Update WIA Budget House Introduces Workforce Investment Act The House this week introduced a comprehensive Workforce Investment Act reauthorization proposal H R 4297 The Workforce Investment Improvement Act of 2012 This builds upon three separate bills introduced earlier this session by Reps Virginia Foxx NC Rep Buck McKeon CA and Rep Joe Heck NV Rep Foxx s earlier bill the Streamlining Workforce Development Programs Act allowed states to submit a unified plan encompassing two or more job training and related programs including both Perkins secondary and postsecondary programs Under Foxx s bill Perkins funds would have been eligible to be consolidated into a Workforce Investment Fund and used for workforce activities We shared our opposition to this proposal with the members of the Education and the Workforce Committee and we are happy to report that new language was added to the Workforce Investment Improvement Act that singles out Perkins as the only program that cannot be consolidated in the unified state plan House Passes Budget Resolution Yesterday the House passed the FY13 Budget Resolution introduced by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan WI by a vote of 228 to 191 This proposal would cap federal spending at 1 028 trillion which is 19 billion below levels set by the Budget Control Act and the level that the Senate is plans to use Such a large difference between the chambers sets up another potentially long and drawn out appropriations process Duncan Testifies Before Congress on Budget This week Secretary of Education Arne Duncan testified before the House Education and Workforce Committee to discuss the Administration s FY13 Budget much like he did last week before the Appropriations Labor HHS Education Subcommittee There was push back from this committee about the focus in the President s budget on new competitive grant programs as opposed to the long standing formula programs Secretary Duncan also spoke about the value of community colleges and the need to increase capacity to meet the growing demand of individuals seeking to upgrade their skills Nancy Conneely Public Policy Manager Tags advocacy appropriations budget community colleges Congress federal legislation funding Job training Perkins postsecondary Public Policy Secondary Secretary Duncan WIA This entry was posted on Friday March 30th 2012 at 7 39 am and is filed under Legislation You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2 0 feed Both comments and pings are currently closed Comments are closed Series This Week in CTE Legislative Updates State CTE Policy Updates CTE Research Review Friends of CTE Blog Series Inside

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  • Department’s Perkins Reauthorization Proposal Raises Questions and Concerns « NASDCTEc Blog
    of Education Perkins Blueprint Legislative Update Appropriations WIA Career Pathways Department s Perkins Reauthorization Proposal Raises Questions and Concerns Yesterday Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and OVAE Assistant Secretary Brenda Dann Messier unveiled Investing in America s Future A Blueprint for Transforming Career and Technical Education at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny Iowa This Blueprint outlines the Obama Administration s plan for reauthorizing the Perkins Act and revolves around the following four themes Alignment Effective alignment between high quality CTE programs and labor market needs to equip students with 21st century skills and prepare them for in demand occupations in high growth industry sectors Collaboration Strong collaborations among secondary and postsecondary institutions employers and industry partners to improve the quality of CTE programs Accountability Meaningful accountability for improving academic outcomes and building technical and employability skills in CTE programs for all students based upon common definitions and clear metrics for performance and Innovation Increased emphasis on innovation supported by systemic reform of state policies and practices to support CTE implementation of effective practices at the local level While we support the themes encompassed in the Blueprint we worry that the details related to each of these areas could have an adverse affect on CTE programs For example the proposal to award funds to consortia on a competitive basis could result in decreased inequitable student access to high quality CTE programs You can read our joint statement with ACTE here We will provide more detailed analysis in the coming days For more information from the Department of Education you can access a summary of the Blueprint as well as their press release Nancy Conneely Public Policy Manager Tags accountability business and industry partnerships Equity federal legislation funding Innovation labor market Legislation OVAE Perkins Public Policy Secondary Secretary Duncan technical

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  • Friends of CTE Guest Blog Series: An Investment Worth Making « NASDCTEc Blog
    our economy and create good jobs one common theme continues to surface Businesses can t fill existing vacancies because those looking for work don t have the skills needed to compete for the jobs of the 21 st century President Obama also raised the issue of the skills gap in his recent State of the Union address But what exactly are we doing to close it Recent reports published by Georgetown University s Center on Education and the Workforce and Harvard University s Pathways to Prosperity Project highlight our failure in the education system to engage all of our students They also propose solutions to better prepare students which include a strong emphasis on Career Technical Education CTE To engage and prepare our students we must strengthen and fully fund our CTE system I also believe all young Americans should be equipped with college and career readiness skills I do not believe they are limited to a college OR career choice rather our skills gap requires that our students are ready to pursue both postsecondary AND career opportunities The Education for Tomorrow s Jobs Act which I sponsored with Representative G T Thompson my fellow co chair of the bipartisan Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus addresses our nation s education and workforce challenges by combining rigorous college preparation with workplace experience for high school students Known as Linked Learning this measure is another tool to ensure that our students are prepared for a wide range of high growth high skilled and high wage occupations such as engineering arts and media cybersecurity and health In order to strengthen the pipeline for these jobs we need to unite all of our schools businesses universities and other invested partners in a common goal Under this legislation teachers and school administrators would collaborate on interdisciplinary education and pursue partnerships with local businesses and community organizations to identify workforce demands and internship opportunities We should look to businesses like Toyota and IBM that are proactive in training students with needed skills that include problem solving critical thinking and teamwork The best investment we as a country can make is in our education system Our students are the problem solvers the innovators and the job creators of tomorrow If we engage our students and make the coursework relevant to their future we reduce dropout rates increase graduation rates and prepare our students for postsecondary pursuits Failing to do so hurts our country s innovative edge and leaves us unable to fill the jobs of the 21 st Century The Friends of CTE Guest Blog Series provides advocates from business and industry researchers and organizations an opportunity to articulate their support for Career Technical Education The monthly series features a guest blogger who provides their perspective on and experience with CTE as it relates to policy the economy and education Langevin s blog entry is one of two that are being featured this month on the Friends of CTE Blog Series In celebration of February s

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  • Career Technical Education « NASDCTEc Blog
    bring into the classroom This real legitimate first hand account is an invaluable lesson for the students The district has undertaken many more programs to strengthen career technical education A broader view of these activities is available here Kimaya Dixit Communications Marketing Manager By admin in News Tags career ready Career Technical Education careers cte new bedford high school technical education Friends of CTE Guest Blog Series An Investment Worth Making Wednesday February 15th 2012 Congressman Jim Langevin D RI was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2000 Among other responsibilities Langevin serves as co chair of the Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus As I travel around Rhode Island to speak with educators businesses and others in the community about how to strengthen our economy and create good jobs one common theme continues to surface Businesses can t fill existing vacancies because those looking for work don t have the skills needed to compete for the jobs of the 21 st century President Obama also raised the issue of the skills gap in his recent State of the Union address But what exactly are we doing to close it Recent reports published by Georgetown University s Center on Education and the Workforce and Harvard University s Pathways to Prosperity Project highlight our failure in the education system to engage all of our students They also propose solutions to better prepare students which include a strong emphasis on Career Technical Education CTE To engage and prepare our students we must strengthen and fully fund our CTE system I also believe all young Americans should be equipped with college and career readiness skills I do not believe they are limited to a college OR career choice rather our skills gap requires that our students are ready to pursue both postsecondary AND career opportunities The Education for Tomorrow s Jobs Act which I sponsored with Representative G T Thompson my fellow co chair of the bipartisan Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus addresses our nation s education and workforce challenges by combining rigorous college preparation with workplace experience for high school students Known as Linked Learning this measure is another tool to ensure that our students are prepared for a wide range of high growth high skilled and high wage occupations such as engineering arts and media cybersecurity and health In order to strengthen the pipeline for these jobs we need to unite all of our schools businesses universities and other invested partners in a common goal Under this legislation teachers and school administrators would collaborate on interdisciplinary education and pursue partnerships with local businesses and community organizations to identify workforce demands and internship opportunities We should look to businesses like Toyota and IBM that are proactive in training students with needed skills that include problem solving critical thinking and teamwork The best investment we as a country can make is in our education system Our students are the problem solvers the innovators and the job creators of tomorrow

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  • Legislative Update: ESEA, Bills Introduced « NASDCTEc Blog
    with delays when Senator Rand Paul KY objected to the Committee meeting longer than two hours after the Senate convened on Wednesday This is a procedural rule rarely employed in the Senate that is almost always waived Senator Paul was concerned that no hearing had been held on the bill this session 10 were held last session and he felt there was not enough time to review the bill before the markup On Thursday Senators Harkin and Enzi WY reached an agreement with Senator Paul that in exchange for dropping his objection the Committee will hold a hearing on the bill on November 8 The Committee reported the bill last night by a vote of 15 7 Three Republicans Senators Enzi Lamar Alexander TN and Mark Kirk IL joined all Democrats in voting for the bill Senator Harkin hopes to bring the bill to the floor for debate and a vote before Thanksgiving During the markup Senator Richard Blumenthal CT introduced an amendment to expand internships and apprenticeships with the goal of alleviating dropouts and providing skills training Because the amendment would require locals to use the money for this purpose several Senators opposed it but said they would support it if it were an allowable use of funds Blumenthal agreed to withdraw the amendment and change the language but wants to be sure that there are strong incentives for locals to use funding for internships and apprenticeships Bills Introduced Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act This week Senators Menendez NJ Reid NV Harkin IA Stabenow MI and Casey PA introduced S 1723 Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act The bill contains the provision of the American Jobs Act that provides 35 billion to create or protect education jobs as well as jobs for police officers and firefighters The jobs supported in this bill are not just teachers but any public school K12 employee However last night the Senate failed to invoke cloture on the bill by a vote of 50 50 All Republicans voted against it as did Senators Lieberman CT Nelson NE and Pryor AR As result the bill will not be voted on Preparing Students for Success in the Global Economy Act Senators Jeff Merkley OR Al Franken MN Mark Begich AK and Kirsten Gillibrand NY introduced S 1675 Preparing Students for Success in the Global Economy Act This bill aims to increase student access to courses in STEM subjects and provide additional resources to recruit train and support STEM teachers Grantees must include in their applications a description of how their activities will be coordinated with other programs and activities including Perkins funded CTE programs Local subgrantees must also describe in their applications how grant funds will be coordinated with programs and activities including Perkins funded CTE programs If we don t train our children for the jobs of the future we won t be able to compete in the future Merkley said Whenever I talk to companies like Intel back in

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  • NASDCTEc Webinar: The Ins and Outs of Advocating « NASDCTEc Blog
    Demand Webinars CTE Videos Research from the Field News Events Newsroom Press Releases NASDCTEc Meetings 2014 Spring Meeting 2014 Fall Meeting Archived NASDCTEc Meetings Achieving Excellence in CTE Career Cluster Institute Archived Career Cluster Institutes Webinars Archived Webinars Newsletters Members Membership Directory Members Only Webinars Member Only On Demand Webinars Member CCTC Resources Organizational Resources Board of Directors Finance Committee Why Do Students Choose STEM Legislative Update Obama Jobs Plan FY12 Appropriations Bills Introduced NASDCTEc Webinar The Ins and Outs of Advocating Recent cuts to the Perkins Act and the threat of further cuts to all discretionary programs reinforces the need to let Congress know that CTE programs are vitally important to preparing individuals for careers and turning around the economy Join NASDCTEc s Public Policy Manager Nancy Conneely as she walks you through how to be an effective advocate for Perkins and CTE While many use the terms lobbying and advocating interchangeably there is a difference So even if your state prohibits you from lobbying there are still things you can do to bring attention to the importance of CTE at a time when it is needed more than ever When Wednesday September 14 2011 at 2 p m EST Where http nasdcte adobeconnect com advocacy You do not need to register for this webinar Simply log in using the link on September 14th Tags advocacy Congress federal legislation funding Legislation Perkins Public Policy Webinars This entry was posted on Thursday September 8th 2011 at 1 34 pm and is filed under Webinars You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2 0 feed Both comments and pings are currently closed Comments are closed Series This Week in CTE Legislative Updates State CTE Policy Updates CTE Research Review Friends of CTE Blog Series Inside International CTE

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