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  • Legislative Update: Congress Announces Agreement on Workforce Development Legislation « NASDCTEc Blog
    the Governor who would then use the contribution to pay for costs of one stop infrastructure in a local area During the process of determining a one stop partner s contribution the Governor must take into account the existing statutory obligations and ability of a program to meet those requirements Additionally contributions are required to be calculated based on a proportionate use of the one stop system Both of these provisions were proposals NASDCTEc and its partners called for as Congressional negotiators worked towards this bipartisan compromise Significantly if a state places the authority of a partner program s funding outside of the Governor s office then the chief official within that agency or entity would execute the above responsibilities on behalf of the Governor Since Perkins funding in many states flow through an eligible agency fitting this description the state agency responsible for Perkins would still retain significant oversight and input into how postsecondary CTE programs receiving Perkins funding would contribute to the one stop system While a separate funding stream for infrastructure funding would have been ideal to fully meet the infrastructure costs of the one stop system this compromise was needed given the tight fiscal and budgetary constraints under which this bill was negotiated and written To recap only postsecondary CTE programs receiving funding from the Perkins Act would be required partners in the WIOA one stop system All of the one stop partners in a local area must first attempt to come to a voluntary agreement in the form of an MOU to fund the costs of infrastructure and to decide how partners would deliver services in the one stop system Failure to reach an MOU would trigger the above funding mechanism which would be imposed only on local partner programs in a particular local area where an MOU was not reached Additional provisions have also been added to this mechanism that would take into consideration partner programs statutory obligations and their ability to meet those requirements along with their proportional use of the one stop system Most importantly if a state places Perkins funding authority outside of the Governor s office then the chief official in that agency or department would have a significant amount of oversight and input into how these contribution levels are determined Sequence of Services Eliminated Along With 15 Existing Programs WIOA also proposes to eliminate the sequence of services provision contained in current law that requires individuals to go through a prescribed sequence of core services before gaining access to more relevant training This has been consolidated into career services which holds as a goal to more effectively assess the unique needs of individuals seeking services from the various programs authorized under this legislation WIOA also consolidates 15 existing programs many of which are currently authorized but have been unfunded for a number of years In total 14 workforce programs and one higher education program would be consolidated under the proposed legislation Board Size Composition and Direct Contracting State and

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  • Legislative Update: Senate Passes WIOA, Introduces Perkins Amendment and HEA Legislation « NASDCTEc Blog
    by WIOA s original co sponsors This manager s amendment was a package of minor technical modifications to the original text of the bill which did not alter the fundamental content of the legislation This amendment was adopted before the chamber began its final vote on the passage of WIOA Encouragingly the Senate voted 95 3 in favor of WIOA which has now been sent over to the House for consideration The strong vote from the Senate will likely improve the bill s prospects in the House NASDCTEc expects this will occur sometime after the July 4 th Congressional recess and as early as July 9 th While there is still a long pathway for WIOA to become law the Senate s overwhelming support for the legislation constitutes a significant step forward in that process NASDCTEc is encouraged by these developments and is hopeful that WIOA will move swiftly through the House next month on its way to becoming law later this year Senator Warner Introduces Perkins Proposal Earlier this week Senator Mark Warner D VA introduced S 2524 or the Pathways to Prosperity Act of 2014 Pathways The bill proposes a number of modifications to the Carl D Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 Perkins and seeks to more closely align Career Technical Education CTE programs of study to the needs of the local regional and state economy Pathways introduces new statutory definitions for CTE programs of study credit transfer agreements labor market information and industry recognized credentials and then seeks to promote these elements through various portions of current Perkins law The bill also directs the National Research Center for CTE NRCCTE to provide technical assistance to states to help develop their capacity to collect information on industry recognized credentials earned by students in an effort to promote their use and help students parents and policymakers understand their value relative to the labor market Pathways would also make a small amendment to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act ESEA to ensure that rigorous state identified CTE standards are included alongside academic standards a shift that is aimed at more closely aligning Perkins and CTE to ESEA and the activities supported under that legislation NASDCTEc applauds Senator Warner s support and dedication to the CTE enterprise and is hopeful that many elements of his Pathways bill will be included in the reauthorization of the Perkins Act Read the full bill here HEA Proposals Begin to Emerge On Wednesday Senator Tom Harkin D IA Chairman of the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions HELP Committee introduced a discussion draft for the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act HEA The proposal focuses on four main objectives Increasing college affordability Assisting student loan borrowers Strengthening accountability Improving transparency There are a number of positive elements contained in this draft proposal supporting the above goals however the Community College and Industry Partnerships Program CCIPP is of particular interest to the CTE community This proposed competitive grant program seeks to support education

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  • New State CTE Director: Guy Jackson, Wyoming « NASDCTEc Blog
    CTE Director My first priority is to provide professional development to existing educators in building effective CTE programs that result in graduates that are college and career ready There are a multitude of challenges to this This includes Educators and administrators occasionally view Wyoming Department of Education provided professional development opportunities as having no value to their classroom and instructional needs Ensuring career advising is a shared effort among educators as school counselors do not currently have the capacity to provide all students with the necessary information and resources to make good decisions about school programs colleges and careers Educating teachers in academic and technical based skills CTE teachers are more likely to have experience in project based learning and lack advanced academic subject knowledge or formal training in the integration of academics into their technical coursework Though the challenges are there it opens opportunities to work with the community to advance this priority We will achieve this by working with Perkins secondary and postsecondary coordinators CTE curriculum coordinators and district instructional training coordinators to develop and deliver effective meaningful teacher professional development We also hope to provide academy offerings that help teachers implement best practices and innovative curriculum and encourage academic core and career technical teachers to integrate their subject areas Additionally we plan to develop a state web based career development and exploration platform that will available to every student parent and educator in Wyoming as well as work to encourage and facilitate teacher summer externship opportunities across the career pathways My second priority is to encourage districts to adopt regional strategies that promote collaboration among districts and institutions The largest challenge to achieving this priority is that most high schools are unable to offer more than four or five comprehensive career pathways with a full complement of academic and technical courses Rural districts and high schools with less than 200 students find it difficult to offer more than two career pathways Despite this barrier we can encourage districts to collaborate with neighboring districts to organize complementary career cluster and career pathway offerings as well as create inter district transfer opportunities for students and teachers Critical to accomplishing this will be regional CTE strategy meetings and trainings My third priority is to facilitate business industry and education partnerships This has its challenges in that two way communication between business industry and education is not always consistent due to time budget and other resource constraints Also formal apprenticeship programs often do not want to include high school CTE students due to liability issues We are looking to overcome this is by convening regional and statewide teams of academic and CTE secondary and postsecondary instructors along with industry representatives to develop competencies and CTE assessments in career pathways that are most important to the state economy Also we want to encourage local business and industry investment and support through funding in kind gifts and externship opportunities for educators Finally we need to find solutions to liability issues so that we

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  • This Week in CTE « NASDCTEc Blog
    Resources Issue Briefs Papers Jobs and the Economy College and Career Readiness Effective Models On 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 Inside International CTE Australia s Challenges and Advice NASDCTEc Legislative Update Spring Wrap Up Edition Part I This Week in CTE TWEET OF THE WEEK AsiaSocietyPGL Australian Education Gives All Students Skills for the Workplace http asi as 5cLEDS CTE CTEWorks thanks for the post More ARTICLE OF THE WEEK Baldwin Technical Education can Boost our Workforce Senator Tammy Baldwin makes the case why Career Technical Education CTE is a high priority for her work in the U S Senate More RESOURCE OF THE WEEK Learn more about President Obama s Upskill Initiative providing workers with the education and skills they need to be successful in the workplace through the White House report and fact sheet NASDCTEc RESOURCE OF THE WEEK Looking for an introduction to CTE Visit our CTE Videos page to brush up on your CTE knowledge More Katie Fitzgerald Communications Associate This entry was posted on Friday May 1st 2015 at 1 46 pm and is filed under News Resources 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 Archives Select Month January 2016 2 December 2015 6 November 2015 9 October 2015 13 September

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  • Top Five Reasons to Attend NASDCTEc’s Spring Meeting « NASDCTEc Blog
    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 Legislative Update Congress Continues Consideration of ESEA as a Busy CTE Month Comes to a Close NOCTI Honoring our Past and Embracing our Future Top Five Reasons to Attend NASDCTEc s Spring Meeting Thinking about coming to NASDCTEc s upcoming Spring meeting on April 8 10 in Washington D C but haven t decided yet Here are five reasons why you should definitely attend 1 To mix it up with secondary postsecondary workforce development leaders and employers Our agenda speakers and participants are leaders representing the full spectrum of CTE We re kicking off Wednesday with a panel of high level leaders from the Departments of Education Health and Human Services and Labor talking about inter agency collaboration followed by sessions focused on aligning efforts to better serve learners at all levels 2 To help build common solutions We are bringing back the Collaboration Roundtables based on the positive feedback from the Fall meeting however we are changing them in important ways This time around they will focus on building solutions to common challenges such as CTE teacher recruitment and retention busting myths about CTE and selecting industry credentials and technical skills assessments These roundtables allow for unique cross state sharing and collective problem solving 3 To stay on top of moving targets With a new Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act WIOA to implement Congress moving forward on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act ESEA and more media attention on CTE than ever before change is happening and it s happening fast Our meeting is designed to prepare you for these changes with sessions on implementing WIOA ESEA the Higher Education Act new employer led initiatives to credential skills and CTE in the press with reporters on the CTE beat 4 To experience excellence in action For the first time ever our Spring meeting will recognize Excellence in Action award winning programs of study from across the country Learn about the best CTE has to offer and celebrate excellence at a special lunch and reception in their honor 5 To catch up with old friends and make some new ones Did you know that there are new State CTE Directors in more than a dozen states and territories Our Spring meeting is the perfect time to connect with new members and catch up with those you only have a chance to see a few times a year Over three days you ll be afforded opportunities to network formally and informally and start conversations that will carry on well after the meeting ends Bonus reason Cherry blossoms Why wouldn t you want to be in Washington DC during cherry blossom season Learn more and register today This entry was posted on Monday March 2nd 2015 at 11 12 am and is filed under Uncategorized You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2

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  • WIA « NASDCTEc Blog
    under the Workforce Investment Act WIA To have qualified states must have exceeded performance levels under WIA Title IB and Title II during the 2012 program year These incentive grants can be used to fund specific programs under the aegis of WIA or programs funded by the Carl D Perkins Career and Technical Education Act To receive funds a state must submit its application for an incentive grant award to DOLETA no later than May 30 2014 Eligible states include Georgia Idaho Indiana Maine Oklahoma Pennsylvania South Carolina and Texas More information can be found here Steve Voytek Government Relations Associate By Steve Voytek in News Public Policy Tags community colleges TAACCCT WIA Legislative Update House Appropriators Question Administration s FY15 Priorities New Proposals on Perkins Emerge Friday April 11th 2014 On Tuesday Secretary of Education Arne Duncan testified before the House Labor Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommittee regarding the Obama Administration s FY 2015 budget request for education As we shared previously the Administration requested 1 117 billion for the Carl D Perkins Career and Technical Education Act s Perkins basic state grant program a figure that would maintain the same level of funding as in FY 2014 but would keep the program below pre sequestration levels The request also proposed to use a portion of these funds for a competitive innovation fund similar to what the Administration has previously proposed in its 2012 Blueprint for Career Technical Education CTE During the subcommittee hearing members from both parties strongly questioned these aspects of the budget request asked why additional funds were not requested for the Perkins Act and voiced strong opposition to the Administration s other proposals for new competitively funded programs The concern is that these proposals would be made at the expense of meeting our current obligations Rep Lucille Roybal Allard D CA said The ranking Democrat on the subcommittee Rep Rosa DeLauro D CT echoed these sentiments and emphasized the importance of the overall federal investment in education The full hearing and testimony transcripts can be found here Rep Martha Roby R AL questioned the Secretary further on these issues asking Why does the Administration continue to propose competitive grants that only benefit a few students rather than investing in proven programs like CTE that help to further the goal of career readiness for all students Secretary Duncan did point out that 89 percent of the funds from his department actually go to formula programs and that the Administration on the whole has invested heavily in CTE via alternative funding streams such as the Youth CareerConnect program However there was genuine skepticism from many of the members present for how these proposals would negatively impact the ability of students to equitably access CTE programs throughout the country As Rep Roby pointed out We have yet to fulfill our commitment to fully fund existing formula driven programs To that end members of Congress on and off the subcommittee have been hard at work over the past several weeks to push for additional investments for the Perkins Act ahead of the Congressional FY 2015 appropriations process Two Dear Colleague letters one in the House and the other in the Senate were supported on a bipartisan basis by 93 Representatives and 25 Senators respectively calling for a restoration of the Perkins Act basic state grant program to pre sequester levels NASDCTEc encourages its members and those in the CTE community to reach out to all of the lawmakers who supported these efforts and thank them for their strong support for the Perkins Act and CTE Special recognition must go to Sens Blumenthal D CT Kaine D VA Baldwin D WI and also Reps Thompson R PA and Langevin D RI who lead these efforts in both Chambers Don t know how to get in touch with Congress Find out here Perkins Amendment Introduced in the House Earlier this week Reps Joe Kennedy III D MA Adam Kinzinger R IL Rodney Davis R IL and Jared Polis D CO introduced the Perkins Modernization Act of 2014 which seeks to more closely align CTE programs with labor market needs Specifically it would substitute all references to high skill high wage or high demand occupations in current or emerging professions currently found in the Perkins Act and substitute them with employment in current or emerging in demand industry sectors or occupations A definition for an in demand industry sector or occupation is also proposed which would be informed to a greater extent by labor market information culled from various sources at the local state and national levels As the House Committee on Education and the Workforce HEW along with the Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions HELP continue to work to reauthorize the Perkins Act it is important to note that the above proposal is not a comprehensive reauthorization bill Instead the Perkins Modernization Act introduces into the reauthorization discussion an issue important to these members of Congress NASDCTEc appreciates Reps Kennedy Kinzinger Davis and Polis recognition that CTE programs are crucial components to the nation s economic competitiveness and agrees that a greater availability and use of labor market information is needed to ensure that CTE programs prepare students for success in the workforce NASDCTEc looks forward to working constructively with Congress to thoughtfully reauthorize the Perkins Act and to ensure that programs are empowering students with the necessary skills and knowledge demanded by today s employers and affording graduates the opportunity to secure family sustaining wages House Education and the Workforce Committee Moves on ESRA The House Education and the Workforce Committee HEW moved forward on the Strengthening Education through Research Act H R 4366 This bill introduced by Representatives Todd Rokita R IN and Carolyn McCarthy D NY reauthorizes the Education Sciences Reform Act ESRA Currently ESRA supports educational research programs such as the National Center for Education Statistics NCES NAEP exams and state longitudinal data systems Quality education research is critical to successful schools Rep Rokita said upon the Committee s approval of the bill by voice vote A particularly promising aspect of the bill would amend the authorization for state longitudinal data system grants to encourage the alignment of data across K 12 postsecondary and workforce programs This would greatly support efforts to report on post program employment outcomes for CTE graduates Moreover H R 4366 emphasizes the importance of using data effectively and lays out a more thoughtful approach to its use The Workforce Data Quality Campaign of which NASDCTEc is a national partner supported this bill The text of the bill fact sheets and other useful information can be found here Senators Introduce Bipartisan Apprenticeship Bill On Wednesday Sens Cory Booker D NJ and Tim Scott R SC introduced the Leveraging and Energizing America s Apprenticeship Programs LEAP Act a bill that incentivizes employers to increase the number of apprenticeships available to young people Specifically the LEAP Act would grant companies a 1 500 tax credit for hiring new registered apprentices under the age of 25 A 1 000 tax credit would also be offered to employers hiring apprentices older than 25 years of age The bill would also incent the expansion of existing apprenticeship programs The Workforce Investment Act Both Chambers of Congress have continued discussions on the Workforce Investment Act WIA this week According to recent reports the Chairman of the Senate HELP Committee Tom Harkin D IA and Chairman of the House HEW Committee John Kline R MN have publicly stated that they have resolved nearly all differences and hope to complete the legislation when Congress returns from recess in late April The likelihood is that the staff will be able to hammer out what is left while we are gone Chairman Kline said Hopefully by the time we come back we ll have it all put together Chairman Harkin was reported as saying There has also been speculation that the reauthorization of WIA could possibly be attached to Congress consideration of extending unemployment insurance benefits NASDCTEc will monitor this process as it evolves and will continue to work with policymakers to ensure that a thoughtful reauthorization of the law emerges from these negotiations Steve Voytek Government Relations Associate By Steve Voytek in Legislation News Public Policy Tags Apprenticeships ESRA funding Perkins WIA Spring Meeting Recap Beyond Perkins Monday April 7th 2014 Our final panel discussion on the morning of Tuesday April 1 2014 was on other major federal policies and initiatives that impact or have the potential to impact Career Technical Education CTE David Blaime Senior Vice President at the American Association of Community Colleges opened the panel by discussing some of the major provisions he believes will be addressed in future reauthorization of the Higher Education Act which won t likely occur before 2015 He identified three themes emerging from the current discussions reducing complexity in student lending in terms of regulation and the number of programs accountability tied to the quality of postsecondary institutions and a potential shift to outcome based accreditation as well as how the U S Department of Education oversees accrediting bodies Angela Hanks Policy Analyst from the New Skills Coalition next gave an update on the current state of the Workforce Investment Act WIA which has been due up for reauthorization since 2001 In the last year the House and the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee each passed an updated WIA bill While these two bills were developed and passed largely along party lines last week the leadership from both the House and Senate met in conference to discuss opportunities for a new WIA NASDCTEc will keep everyone informed as details emerge from those discussions Finally Dr Johan Uvin U S Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Career Technical and Adult Education at the U S Department of Education shared some of the Administration s major initiatives to support CTE and workforce development aligned to President Obama s goal of ensuring every American has at least one year of postsecondary education or training Specifically he mentioned the 100 million in Youth Career Connect grants and the Performance Partnership pilots which will allow a state region locality or Federally recognized tribe to pool a portion of discretionary funds they receive from multiple federal agencies while measuring and tracking specific cross program outcomes to facilitate better coordination and reduce redundancies He also highlighted a number of new items put in the 2015 budget including 150 million for competitive high school redesign grants 110 million for STEM innovation networks and 75 million for accelerated pathways Kate Blosveren Associate Executive Director By Kate Blosveren in NASDCTEc Spring Meeting Tags Higher Education Act Spring Meeting WIA Register NOW for Upcoming NASDCTEc Legislative Update Webinar Back to School Edition Policy and Funding Friday August 23rd 2013 Join Kara Herbertson NASDCTEc s Research and Policy Manager and Steve Voytek NASDCTEc s Government Relations Associate as they walk you through the latest policy happenings in Washington After years of anticipation Congress has taken steps toward reauthorizing several pieces of legislation that impact CTE including the Carl D Perkins Career and Technical Education Act the Workforce Investment Act the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the Higher Education Act In addition to updates on these key pieces of legislation we will discuss sequestration and debates over the FY14 budget Are there specific questions you would like us to address Email Kara at kherbertson careertech org and we will be sure to address your question during this webinar Time September 26 2013 at 3 p m Eastern Register NOW Ramona Schescke Member Services Manager By Ramona in Webinars Tags federal legislation NCLB ESEA Webinars WIA Legislative Update Senate Education Committee Passes WIA Reauthorization Bill Friday August 2nd 2013 Congress Reaches Agreement on Student Loan Interest Rates This week the U S House of Representatives approved a bill to link interest rates on student loans to economic factors if the economy improves interest rates would rise The bill an amendment to the Higher Education Act HEA has already been approved by the U S Senate and will likely soon be signed into law by President Obama Once enacted the new law would impact postsecondary students and their families starting this fall with interest rates of 3 9 percent interest rates for undergraduates subsidized and unsubsidized Stafford loans 5 4 percent interest rates for graduate students 6 4 percent interest rates for parents The White House notes that the new loan rates would immediately impact 11 million borrowers and reduce average undergraduate interest costs by 1 500 Though the amendment successfully passed the House and the Senate the topic of student loan interest rates is likely to emerge again as the reauthorization of HEA begins to take shape this fall Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act The House Education and the Workforce Committee asked education stakeholders to submit their views on policies that should be included in the upcoming reauthorization of HEA NASDCTEc has worked with members in the higher education community to identify our broad priorities for HEA which include improving data alignment between key pieces of legislation reducing barriers to financial aid for traditional and non traditional postsecondary students including reinstating the Ability to Benefit option and ensuring access to Title II funds for Career Technical Education CTE teacher preparation and professional development The Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions HELP also expects to announce a call for public input on HEA reauthorization soon Reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act After a brief markup of the Workforce Investment Act of 2013 WIA or S 1356 the Senate HELP Committee approved the bill by a vote of 18 3 An amendment to increase the accountability of Job Corps programs was included The bill will next be considered by the full Senate NASDCTEc is pleased that Congress is moving forward with the reauthorization of WIA and has taken into consideration several areas that are important for CTE including promoting programs that result in industry recognized postsecondary credentials and align with the needs of local economies However the bill passed by the HELP Committee included an area of major concern a funding infrastructure mechanism for One Stop programs under WIA that would negatively impact CTE by siphoning funding from the Carl D Perkins Career Technical Education Act Perkins Read more about this issue and our concerns in this blog As the bill moves to the full Senate please encourage your networks to contact your Senators Ask them not to use Perkins funds for WIA infrastructure and urge them to maintain current law FY 2014 Updates At the end of this week Congress leaves for summer recess without having reached agreement on FY 2014 spending bills total spending levels or what to do about sequestration When they return to Capitol Hill in five weeks members will have just three weeks to reach an agreement on these issues to avoid a possible government shut down on October 1 2013 On a conference call this week held by the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee Chairman Mark Begich D AK and Senator Debbie Stabenow D MI spoke of the damage caused by sequestration and its negative impact on the economy and the middle class The Senators encouraged listeners to use the Congressional recess wisely by contacting Congress members to specifically describe how sequestration is hurting constituents in their state or district NASDCTEc urges you to contact your Congress members and tell them how sequestration is damaging CTE programs and your local economy Kara Herbertson Research and Policy Manager By Kara in Legislation News Public Policy Tags appropriations Higher Education Act Legislative Update WIA Legislative Update House Postpones Markup of Perkins Funding Bill Friday July 26th 2013 House Postpones Markup of Perkins Funding Bill A markup that was scheduled this week for the House of Representatives FY 2014 Labor Health and Human Services and Education Labor HHS Education appropriations bill which includes Perkins funding has been postponed by the House Appropriations Committee until further notice Earlier this month the Senate Appropriations Committee approved its Labor HHS Ed bill which would restore Carl D Perkins Career and Technical Education Perkins funding to pre sequestration levels The Senate bill provides a 3 52 billion or 5 4 percent increase for discretionary education spending compared to FY 2013 In stark contrast the overall funding level for the approved House Labor HHS Ed bill is 19 percent below current funding levels and is expected to contain deep cuts to many programs Experts project that due to disparate proposals from each chamber the FY 2014 appropriations process will not be easily resolved Congress is required to pass a funding measure by the end of September Please take the opportunity to contact your Representative to let them know why Perkins funding needs to be maintained and how it would impact Career Technical Education CTE programs across your state and district Senate Introduces Bipartisan WIA Legislation This week Senators Patty Murray D WA Lamar Alexander R TN Tom Harkin D IA and Johnny Isakson R GA officially introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act WIA The Workforce Investment Act of 2013 or S 1356 contains some positive elements for CTE including prioritization of career pathways and programs that lead to industry recognized credential and high demand jobs Unfortunately the bill also proposed to fund One Stop infrastructure and other activities from state allocations of One Stop partners While only postsecondary Perkins programs offer training services as partners in the One Stop system under WIA Perkins funding supports both secondary and postsecondary CTE programs with individuals deciding how to split overall funding between secondary and postsecondary CTE The bill proposes a 1 5 percent contribution or 17 million overall that would come from Perkins administrative funds and would result in a 30 percent cut to the administrative funds that are available to most states This has been a longstanding issue and will likely continue to be a sticking

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  • Perkins « NASDCTEc Blog
    It is important to note that this legislation is not likely to move out of the Democrat controlled Senate Chamber and HELP Committee NASDCTEc will continue to monitor this and similar pieces of legislation that impact the Perkins Act and the larger CTE community as legislation continues to be introduce this year The full bill s text can be found here and a press release on the legislation can be found here College Affordability and Innovation Act of 2014 On Wednesday Senators Chris Murphy D CT Brian Schatz D HI and Patty Murray D WA introduced the College Affordability and Innovation Act of 2014 The proposed legislation seeks to make higher education more affordable for students and promote innovative practices in the postsecondary space that help limit the cost of college Among the proposals the bill would create a pilot program that would incentivize colleges and universities to implement programs that offer high quality education at lower costs and reduce the overall time for degree completion Programs such as competency based degrees dual enrollment and other accelerated degrees were among examples specifically cited in the legislation The accompanying press release can be found here The GREEN Act Last week Senator Tammy Baldwin D WI introduced the Grants for Renewable Energy Education for the Nation GREEN Act The legislation would provide 100 million for a competitive grant program for the development of CTE programs of study which focus on the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors The bill would also promote increased energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy practices in CTE facilities and buildings The press release and full text of the law can be found here Steve Voytek Government Relations Associate By Steve Voytek in Legislation News Public Policy Tags CTE Caucus ESEA Perkins September CTE Monthly CTE Credentials Lead to Big Earnings Monday September 23rd 2013 CTE Monthly a collaborative publication from the Association for Career and Technical Education and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium features the latest news on Career Technical Education CTE from across the nation for CTE stakeholders and Members of Congress In the September edition read more about ACTE and NASDCTEc Resources for Navigating Friday s Perkins Hearing Research Demonstrates that CTE Credentials Lead to Big Earnings and Parents are Getting the Message Exemplary CTE Programs and Students in Indiana New Hampshire and New Jersey View archived CTE Monthly newsletters and other advocacy resources on our Advocacy Tools webpage Kara Herbertson Research and Policy Manager By Kara in News Resources Tags credentials Perkins Legislative Update House Perkins Hearing This Friday Tuesday September 17th 2013 This Friday the reauthorization process for the Carl D Perkins Career and Technical Education Act will begin with a hearing called Preparing Today s Students for Tomorrow s Jobs A Discussion on Career and Technical Education and Training Programs The hearing will be held by the House Education and Workforce Subcommittee on Early Childhood Elementary and Secondary Education Witnesses will include a State CTE Director and a CTE high school principal Hearing Preparing Today s Students for Tomorrow s Jobs A Discussion on Career and Technical Education and Training Programs Time Friday September 20 2013 at 9 00 am ET Location Rayburn Building Room 2175 The hearing will be available on a live webcast In case you are unable to attend we will provide a detailed summary in Friday s legislative update Kara Herbertson Research and Policy Manager By Kara in Legislation News Public Policy Tags Perkins Legislative Update House Postpones Markup of Perkins Funding Bill Friday July 26th 2013 House Postpones Markup of Perkins Funding Bill A markup that was scheduled this week for the House of Representatives FY 2014 Labor Health and Human Services and Education Labor HHS Education appropriations bill which includes Perkins funding has been postponed by the House Appropriations Committee until further notice Earlier this month the Senate Appropriations Committee approved its Labor HHS Ed bill which would restore Carl D Perkins Career and Technical Education Perkins funding to pre sequestration levels The Senate bill provides a 3 52 billion or 5 4 percent increase for discretionary education spending compared to FY 2013 In stark contrast the overall funding level for the approved House Labor HHS Ed bill is 19 percent below current funding levels and is expected to contain deep cuts to many programs Experts project that due to disparate proposals from each chamber the FY 2014 appropriations process will not be easily resolved Congress is required to pass a funding measure by the end of September Please take the opportunity to contact your Representative to let them know why Perkins funding needs to be maintained and how it would impact Career Technical Education CTE programs across your state and district Senate Introduces Bipartisan WIA Legislation This week Senators Patty Murray D WA Lamar Alexander R TN Tom Harkin D IA and Johnny Isakson R GA officially introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act WIA The Workforce Investment Act of 2013 or S 1356 contains some positive elements for CTE including prioritization of career pathways and programs that lead to industry recognized credential and high demand jobs Unfortunately the bill also proposed to fund One Stop infrastructure and other activities from state allocations of One Stop partners While only postsecondary Perkins programs offer training services as partners in the One Stop system under WIA Perkins funding supports both secondary and postsecondary CTE programs with individuals deciding how to split overall funding between secondary and postsecondary CTE The bill proposes a 1 5 percent contribution or 17 million overall that would come from Perkins administrative funds and would result in a 30 percent cut to the administrative funds that are available to most states This has been a longstanding issue and will likely continue to be a sticking point as WIA reauthorization progresses NASDCTEc provided input to the committee on this issue prior to the release of the bill and we will continue to work with

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  • Court Strikes Down Portion of Gainful Employment Regulations « NASDCTEc Blog
    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 New DOL Guide to State and Local Workforce Data Five More States Receive NCLB Waivers Court Strikes Down Portion of Gainful Employment Regulations The U S District Court for the District of Columbia has vacated part of the U S Department of Education s gainful employment regulations related to the debt repayment measure Under the regulations career training programs that receive federal financial aid must show that they prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation One measure schools were asked to use to show this was that 35 percent of their graduates are repaying their loans The court ruled that 35 percent is arbitrary and capricious and not based on any expert study or industry standard While the court ruled that the Department had the authority to issue gainful employment regulations they will now have to reexamine their benchmarks for loan repayment rates The court also struck down other provisions of the regulations including one that requires institutions to get approval from the U S Education Department before offering new career training programs Meanwhile the court upheld reporting requirements related to program costs on time graduation rates placement rates and median loan debt Nancy Conneely Public Policy Manager Tags accountability community colleges Data Job training postsecondary Public Policy This entry was posted on Tuesday July 3rd 2012 at 8 34 am and is filed under Public Policy 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

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