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  • Sequestration « NASDCTEc Blog
    McCarthy R CA McCarthy was favored by most of the Republican establishment to replace Boehner but a vocal conservative bloc of the Republican Party known as the Freedom Caucus strongly opposed his candidacy Despite this opposition and with a few other less plausible candidates in the running for Speaker McCarthy was set to announce last Thursday that he had secured the necessary 218 votes within his Party to ensure his rise to Speaker of the House However instead of making this announcement the Majority Leader abruptly announced that he was no longer seeking the Speaker s gavel Since that time there has been an extraordinary level of uncertainty regarding who will lead the House Republican Caucus moving forward Speaker Boehner has made clear that he will stay on in his current role until a replacement is found but an election to determine who that will be has been postponed indefinitely At present it is unclear who will fill this role in the coming weeks or even months Any viable candidate for the job will have the unenviable task of balancing the increasingly opposed interests of two influential wings of the Republican Party all while trying to avoid a catastrophic default on the nation s debt if Congress does not act to raise the federal government s borrowing limit by November 5 th a deadline laid out by the U S Treasury Department that is fast approaching The intraparty division in the Republican Party is equal parts ideology and political approach Staunch conservative elements in the GOP are pushing for a new Speaker who would be willing to use the debt limit deadline and the need to fund the federal government later this year as leverage to advance a legislative agenda that is completely anathema to Congressional Democrats and President Obama More establishment Republicans have been less willing to use these twin deadlines as a political tool calculating that the risks of going over a fiscal cliff failing to raise the debt ceiling and or causing a government shutdown far outweigh the potential benefits Finding a candidate for Speaker who is able to placate these opposing factions has resulted in the current impasse in finding a suitable replacement candidate and has had a rather ironic short term consequence ensuring that Speaker Boehner remains in the top post of the House Republican leadership for the foreseeable future Congress Passes Short Term Perkins Funding Bill Right after Speaker Boehner s announcement late last month Congress was still struggling to pass appropriations legislation to fund the federal government As we shared previously both Chambers of Congress completed the 12 necessary funding bills that fund all federal programs Despite this progress these pieces of legislation all adhered to the sequester caps mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011 BCA a harmful program of austerity that imposes tight restrictions on federal spending well into the next decade Because these bills would maintain sequestration and continue to perpetuate a path of federal disinvestment in education and programs like the Perkins Act President Obama signaled that he would not sign them into law Since that time the bills have been in limbo and lawmakers have been unable to come to an agreement for how to fund the federal government for the upcoming 2016 fiscal year something that was set to begin on October 1 st With only days left to pass legislation to fund these programs and avert a government shutdown the Senate acted first passing a measure known as a continuing appropriations resolution CR to provide temporary funding for the federal government through December 11 th After passing through the Senate by a wide margin 78 20 Speaker Boehner s resignation announcement helped to ensure that this short term stopgap measure was able to pass through the House 277 151 albeit with significant Republican opposition While this CR is meant to extend current FY 2015 spending levels for the next few months including for the Perkins Act basic state grant program a 0 2108 percent across the board spending reduction was needed to keep funding levels within the BCA sequester caps Since Perkins funding is treated a bit differently than most other federal funds this spending cut has retroactively impacted state grants from FY 2015 which were just distributed on October 1 st As a result thirty states received slightly lower allocations than what they had previously budgeted for all because Congress failed for the second year in a row to pass comprehensive legislation funding federal programs for the full fiscal year As mentioned this particular CR will fund the federal government until December 11 th at which time Congress must act again to pass additional legislation to avert another wasteful government shutdown As a reminder the last time Congress failed to act to fund the federal government it cost U S taxpayers 24 billion While the reduction to Perkins funding and other education programs may be small future legislation is still needed to replace this CR NASDCTEc is continuing to work with its partners in D C to urge lawmakers to pass comprehensive funding legislation that would replace the current CR and the related 0 2108 percent cut while possibly providing relief from the harmful effects of the sequester caps Complicating Congress ability to accomplish this is the continued uncertainty regarding House Republican leadership and an even more pressing deadline that is fast approaching the need to raise the nation s debt ceiling by November 5 th The last time Congress flirted with the idea of not raising this limit as way to extract political concessions on unrelated issues credit agencies downgraded the U S credit rating for the first time ever and Congress passed through the BCA legislation and with it sequestration something lawmakers at the time did not expect would ever go into full effect In order to move forward constructively Congressional leaders and President Obama must come to a broader agreement on federal spending that would empower Congressional appropriators to design longer

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  • Flurry of ESEA Activity Ahead of Congressional Reauthorization Push « NASDCTEc Blog
    the tired prescriptive No Child Left Behind law I believe we can replace it with a law that recognizes that schools need more support more money than they receive today Duncan said Further into his remarks he revealed that the Obama Administration plans to request an additional 1 billion in Title I funding in its annual budget request expected to be released in early February After calling NCLB out of date tired and prescriptive the Secretary went on to call for a strong federal role in annual testing and accountability main elements of the current law and core principles undergirding the Administration s ESEA state flexibility waivers to date Having accurate information about student performance maintaining high standards supporting teachers and school leaders preventing students from dropping out and dismantling the school to prison pipeline must be our top priorities he said during his appearance Video and text of his remarks can be found here and here Congress Sets Its Sights on ESEA A newly empowered Republican Congress has already begun to draft proposals to renew ESEA Late last night Chairman Lamar Alexander R TN of the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions HELP Committee released a discussion draft for the reauthorization of the law The proposal would significantly reduce the federal role in K 12 education and increase state and local flexibility for using funds derived from the legislation No Child Left Behind has become unworkable and fixing this law which expired over seven years ago will be the first item on the agenda for the Senate education committee Alexander said I look forward to input from all sides on this proposal as we move forward with a bipartisan process that will keep the best portions of the law while restoring responsibility to states and local communities and ensuring that all 50 million students in our nation s 100 000 public schools can succeed The Chairman has asked for input from the public on this discussion draft by Monday February 2 nd which should be sent to FixingNCLB help senate gov In addition to the draft s release the Chairman also announced the first ESEA hearing of the year which is set to take place on Wednesday January 21 st titled Fixing No Child Left Behind Testing and Accountability The Chairman s full remarks can be found here and the discussion draft is located here Ranking Member of the HELP Committee Senator Patty Murray D WA also laid out her principles for reauthorization in a floor speech this week in response to the draft proposal Those remarks can be viewed here Over in the House the Chairman of the Education and the Workforce HEW Committee John Kline R MN is also expected to release a draft proposal relatively soon Next week he will be outlining his priorities for education reform at the American Enterprise Institute Find more information on that here Where To From Here As we look to the rest of 2015 one thing remains clear both Chambers

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  • Boehner « NASDCTEc Blog
    weeks or even months Any viable candidate for the job will have the unenviable task of balancing the increasingly opposed interests of two influential wings of the Republican Party all while trying to avoid a catastrophic default on the nation s debt if Congress does not act to raise the federal government s borrowing limit by November 5 th a deadline laid out by the U S Treasury Department that is fast approaching The intraparty division in the Republican Party is equal parts ideology and political approach Staunch conservative elements in the GOP are pushing for a new Speaker who would be willing to use the debt limit deadline and the need to fund the federal government later this year as leverage to advance a legislative agenda that is completely anathema to Congressional Democrats and President Obama More establishment Republicans have been less willing to use these twin deadlines as a political tool calculating that the risks of going over a fiscal cliff failing to raise the debt ceiling and or causing a government shutdown far outweigh the potential benefits Finding a candidate for Speaker who is able to placate these opposing factions has resulted in the current impasse in finding a suitable replacement candidate and has had a rather ironic short term consequence ensuring that Speaker Boehner remains in the top post of the House Republican leadership for the foreseeable future Congress Passes Short Term Perkins Funding Bill Right after Speaker Boehner s announcement late last month Congress was still struggling to pass appropriations legislation to fund the federal government As we shared previously both Chambers of Congress completed the 12 necessary funding bills that fund all federal programs Despite this progress these pieces of legislation all adhered to the sequester caps mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011 BCA a harmful program of austerity that imposes tight restrictions on federal spending well into the next decade Because these bills would maintain sequestration and continue to perpetuate a path of federal disinvestment in education and programs like the Perkins Act President Obama signaled that he would not sign them into law Since that time the bills have been in limbo and lawmakers have been unable to come to an agreement for how to fund the federal government for the upcoming 2016 fiscal year something that was set to begin on October 1 st With only days left to pass legislation to fund these programs and avert a government shutdown the Senate acted first passing a measure known as a continuing appropriations resolution CR to provide temporary funding for the federal government through December 11 th After passing through the Senate by a wide margin 78 20 Speaker Boehner s resignation announcement helped to ensure that this short term stopgap measure was able to pass through the House 277 151 albeit with significant Republican opposition While this CR is meant to extend current FY 2015 spending levels for the next few months including for the Perkins Act basic state

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  • House Leadership « NASDCTEc Blog
    coming weeks or even months Any viable candidate for the job will have the unenviable task of balancing the increasingly opposed interests of two influential wings of the Republican Party all while trying to avoid a catastrophic default on the nation s debt if Congress does not act to raise the federal government s borrowing limit by November 5 th a deadline laid out by the U S Treasury Department that is fast approaching The intraparty division in the Republican Party is equal parts ideology and political approach Staunch conservative elements in the GOP are pushing for a new Speaker who would be willing to use the debt limit deadline and the need to fund the federal government later this year as leverage to advance a legislative agenda that is completely anathema to Congressional Democrats and President Obama More establishment Republicans have been less willing to use these twin deadlines as a political tool calculating that the risks of going over a fiscal cliff failing to raise the debt ceiling and or causing a government shutdown far outweigh the potential benefits Finding a candidate for Speaker who is able to placate these opposing factions has resulted in the current impasse in finding a suitable replacement candidate and has had a rather ironic short term consequence ensuring that Speaker Boehner remains in the top post of the House Republican leadership for the foreseeable future Congress Passes Short Term Perkins Funding Bill Right after Speaker Boehner s announcement late last month Congress was still struggling to pass appropriations legislation to fund the federal government As we shared previously both Chambers of Congress completed the 12 necessary funding bills that fund all federal programs Despite this progress these pieces of legislation all adhered to the sequester caps mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011 BCA a harmful program of austerity that imposes tight restrictions on federal spending well into the next decade Because these bills would maintain sequestration and continue to perpetuate a path of federal disinvestment in education and programs like the Perkins Act President Obama signaled that he would not sign them into law Since that time the bills have been in limbo and lawmakers have been unable to come to an agreement for how to fund the federal government for the upcoming 2016 fiscal year something that was set to begin on October 1 st With only days left to pass legislation to fund these programs and avert a government shutdown the Senate acted first passing a measure known as a continuing appropriations resolution CR to provide temporary funding for the federal government through December 11 th After passing through the Senate by a wide margin 78 20 Speaker Boehner s resignation announcement helped to ensure that this short term stopgap measure was able to pass through the House 277 151 albeit with significant Republican opposition While this CR is meant to extend current FY 2015 spending levels for the next few months including for the Perkins Act basic

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  • Perkins « NASDCTEc Blog
    found here WIOA s passage this week is the result of more than a decade of work from members of Congress their staff and advocates alike to overhaul and modernize the nation s workforce system The legislation makes many improvements that will help ensure that workers and employers have the skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century economy NASDCTEc applauds this historic legislative achievement and looks forward to additional Congressional bipartisanship in the coming weeks and months as Congress continues work on other major pieces of federal education and workforce legislation such as the Carl D Perkins Career and Technical Education Act Senators Introduce Perkins Legislation Last week Senators Tim Kaine D VA and Rob Portman R OH announced their intention to introduce a new Career Technical Education CTE bill that would make several positive modifications to Carl D Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 Perkins Yesterday these Senators officially introduced this legislation and took to the Senate floor to voice their continued support and commitment to the CTE enterprise An overview and press release on the Educating Tomorrow s Workforce Act of 2014 ETWA from both Senator Kaine and Portman s offices can be found here and here ETWA would introduce a more rigorous definition for CTE programs of study POS a framework for delivering high quality CTE first introduced in the 2006 reauthorization of the Perkins Act The newly proposed definition would require alignment to state identified college and career ready standards support the attainment of employability and technical skills allow for multiple entry and exit points throughout a program s secondary and postsecondary components and ultimately result in a recognized postsecondary credential or placement in an apprenticeship The legislation would also create an annual needs assessment for local Perkins recipients to better enable them to identify and meet the shifting needs of local CTE students and empower programs to more effectively respond to the evolving needs of the local regional and state labor market ETWA would also encourage the wider adoption of career academies among programs receiving Perkins funding NASDCTEc supports this legislation and looks forward to a comprehensive reauthorization of the Perkins Act where elements of this bill can be incorporated into the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee s efforts to renew this vitally important law The full text of the bill can be found here and a joint letter of support from NASDCTEc and the Association for Career and Technical Education can be found here House Committee Moves on Competency Based Education Yesterday the House Education and the Workforce Committee HEW passed by voice vote the Advancing Competency Based Education Demonstration Project Act H R 3136 This bipartisan legislation is part of series of bills the Committee hopes to move forward in an effort to reauthorize the Higher Education Act HEA As we shared previously the HEW Committee announced a set of principles for HEA reauthorization that will guide their efforts as this process continues H R 3136 would authorize the creation of competency based education demonstration projects through HEA and waive current statutory regulations that have acted as an impediment to a wider adoption of competency based education models at the postsecondary level Currently for the purposes of federal financial aid provided under Title IV of HEA student progress is predominantly measured and determined by credit hour rather than by other more direct methods of measuring student learning This bill s cosponsors hope that the legislation will reduce the amount of time it takes to work towards a degree while also reducing the financial burden placed on students seeking a postsecondary education NASDCTEc is supportive of competency based education approaches such as the one put forward in H R 3136 and looks forward to the wider utilization of these models in a comprehensive reauthorization of HEA A factsheet on the bill can be found here and the full text here Steve Voytek Government Relations Associate By Steve Voytek in Legislation News Public Policy Tags HEA Perkins WIA WIOA Legislative Update Senate Passes WIOA Introduces Perkins Amendment and HEA Legislation Friday June 27th 2014 On Wednesday the Senate voted overwhelmingly in support of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act WIOA a bicameral and bipartisan legislative compromise to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 WIA Due for reauthorization since 2003 WIA supports workforce development activities throughout the country and funds job training programs for displaced adults and youth WIOA reauthorizes this critically important piece of workforce development legislation and the Senate s strong vote in favor of the compromise legislation constitutes a significant milestone in the bill s pathway towards becoming law NASDCTEc s initial overview of WIOA can be found here The legislation makes substantial changes to the nation s workforce development system and would streamline existing employment and workforce related education and training systems via unified planning and delivery common measurements for program performance and more uniform data collection and usage among many other positive new elements contained in the bill A procedural agreement reached between both parties late last week significantly reduced the time for debate and a managed amendment process was established to consider three separate amendments to the bill The first of these put forward by Senator Jeff Flake R AZ would have permitted Governors to restructure a local workforce board if a local area failed to meet its performance target after just one year This amendment was ultimately voted down 33 63 As passed WIOA would allow this type of restructuring to take place after three years of missing these targets A second amendment introduced by Senator Mike Lee R UT would have withheld funding by 5 percent to the U S Department of Labor if it failed to submit certain evaluations by statutory deadlines in WIOA The Senate rejected this amendment as well by a margin of 40 58 before proceeding on one put forward 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 and career training programs at community colleges and other types of eligible postsecondary institutions It also seeks to build upon early college high school models and improve linkages between secondary postsecondary and adult education programs including programs supported by the Perkins Act While this draft proposal is a long way from becoming law these types of programs and other such provisions are encouraging developments for the CTE community as Congress begins to more fully consider the reauthorization of HEA NASDCTEc will continuing to follow HEA s progress in the Senate and is tentatively expecting further consideration of this proposal by the HELP committee in the late summer The text of Chariman Harkin s proposal can be found here and a factsheet can be found here In other HEA news earlier in the week in the House Chairman of the Education and the Workforce Committee John Kline R MN and Higher Education and Workforce Training Subcommittee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx R NC released a white paper outlining key principles that will guide the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act in that chamber The paper centers on four primary goals many of which have been the subject of Congressional hearings on HEA over the past year Empowering students and families to make informed decisions Simplifying and improving student aid Promoting innovation access and completion Ensuring strong accountability and a limited federal role The white paper includes a number of policy proposals the committee would like to take up during the reauthorization process and the full paper can be found here Three legislative proposals were introduced as part of the release of this whitepaper in an effort to more fully realize the goals outlined above More information on these bills can be found here and additional legislation is expected to be introduced in this space in the coming weeks and months Steve Voytek Government Relations Associate By Steve Voytek in Legislation News Public Policy Tags HEA Perkins WIA WIOA Legislative Update Secretary Duncan Defends Administration s FY 15 Budget Priorities before Congress STEM Equity Bill Introduced in the House Friday May 2nd 2014 On Tuesday Secretary of Education Arne Duncan testified before the full House Education and the Workforce Committee HEW to discuss the Obama Administration s Fiscal Year FY 2015 budget request for the Department of Education ED As we have previously shared the President s budget request calls for 1 117 billion for the Carl D Perkins Perkins basic state grant program the same amount the program is set to receive for FY 2014 It also reiterates the Administration s request for a 100 million competitive Career Technical Education CTE innovation fund to be paid for out of funds already designated for this purpose House appropriators on the Labor Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommittee voiced strong concerns about these proposals several weeks ago and the HEW Committee reinforced many of those concerns this past Tuesday Rep Glenn GT Thompson R PA who was recently honored with NASDCTEc s Star of Education Award echoed these sentiments ED does not propose any additional funding for the Perkins Act he said The solutions to address the needs of the economy are in CTE programs throughout the country funded through the Perkins Act Rep Thompson also pressed Secretary Duncan on the Administration s proposal to fund untested and often duplicative education initiatives when we have a tried and true solution in Perkins Secretary Duncan argued that the Department s competitive funding proposals were aimed to more effectively use limited resources and to scale up successful CTE models Rep Brett Guthrie R KY echoed many of Rep Thompson s concerns and also questioned aspects of ED s 2012 CTE Blueprint particularly its proposal to require mandatory consortia of LEAs postsecondary institutions and other partners in order to receive Perkins funding After acknowledging the importance of collaboration between the secondary and postsecondary CTE learner levels Rep Guthrie pointed out that many rural or smaller schools may not be able to form a consortium On this point Secretary Duncan conceded that The consortia idea is one that we want to continue to think through Anything we can do in that Blueprint it s two years out of date now something we can do better sic we d be happy to update While ED has not officially announced plans to update its CTE Blueprint NASDCTEc is encouraged that a top Administration official has expressed a willingness to rethink aspects of the proposal Rep Marcia Fudge D OH also raised concerns regarding the impact of competitive grant programs to ensure equitable access for students How do you plan to ensure equal opportunity and funding for all students and not just the ones from school districts with the ability to write grants She also highlighted her efforts to expand Pell eligibility for high school students enrolled in early college programs A similar proposal contained in the Department s FY 2015 budget request would expand Pell eligibility for students as part of a career pathway and she encouraged the Administration to continue with these efforts Rep Mark Takano D CA the newest member of HEW also promoted a similar idea of using early college and dual enrollment as a model for CTE Secretary Duncan said he was open to this idea and that the Department would look for promising strategies to encourage postsecondary credit and industry certification attainment at the secondary level Other members on the committee such as Rep Virginia Foxx R NC and Rep Matt Salmon R AZ voiced strong opposition to the Department s new gainful employment and program integrity regulations among other similar topics An archived webcast of the hearing including testimony can be found here STEM Equity Bill Introduced in the House Also on Tuesday Rep Jerry McNerney D CA introduced the Getting into Researching Learning Studying of STEM GIRLS STEM Act of 2014 H R 4515 The bill would establish a program at the U S Department of Education to ensure that more female students participate in STEM education and have access to career and academic counseling The program would provide grants to local educational agencies LEAs to support efforts and initiatives to encourage young women to study STEM subjects educate parents about the opportunities for their children in STEM fields provide mentorship opportunities for students and prepare secondary students for transitions into postsecondary STEM programs I know from personal experience that STEM careers can be personally and professionally rewarding and we owe it to our young women to make sure they have access to the necessary education said Rep McNerney who has a Ph D in mathematics and worked for many years as an engineer NASDCTEc applauds the Congressman s efforts to promote young women in STEM programs and looks forward to working with him to more fully realize this admirable goal A full press release on the legislation can be found here Performance Pilot Partnerships P3 Update As we shared last week the Departments of Education Labor Health and Human Services and a number of other federal agencies announced a new pilot program to better address the needs of disconnected youth in communities states and tribal areas The Departments released a consultation paper on this initiative which seeks to give a clearer picture as to the program s design and purpose A webinar on P3 was also held this week where it was explained that local Perkins grant recipients would be eligible to participate in these programs if an agreement is first reached with the state s Perkins eligible agency While funding stream braiding seems to be an objective of the pilots it is still unclear at this time how reporting requirements for Perkins would be reconciled with other programs in a given project As details on P3 become clearer NASDCTEc will update the CTE community on the potential for collaboration Steve Voytek Government Relations Associate By Steve Voytek in Legislation News Public Policy Tags CTE Blueprint Equity P3 Perkins STEM Legislative Update ED Continues Program Integrity Negotiations NASDCTEc IBM Host Briefing on CTE Perkins Friday April 25th 2014 Beginning this past Wednesday and ending today the U S Department of Education ED reconvened a panel for a third round of negotiated rulemaking on program integrity and improvement Negotiators are discussing a number of proposed regulatory changes for postsecondary institutions including clock to credit hour conversions state authorization of distance learning programs remedial coursework cash management and most contentiously how to define adverse credit history for the purposes of certain federal financial aid eligibility Since a preliminary consensus had already been reached on clock to credit hour conversions during the last round of negotiations the panel moved quickly on a second draft of proposed regulatory language The proposed changes maintain the existing conversion formula but significantly improve the clarity of the regulation The intent of this particular rule is to ensure that postsecondary students enrolled in programs which provide instruction based on clock hours rather than credit hours receive equivalent amounts of federal financial aid for the same amount of coursework It is important to note that for a formal

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  • NASDCTEc Legislative Update: House Education Committee Holds Perkins Reauthorization Hearing « NASDCTEc Blog
    off by talking about SLCC s innovative partnership with the Boeing Company a relationship that evolved into the impressive Utah Aerospace Pathways program which strongly aligns secondary and postsecondary CTE coursework with the needs of the state s aviation industry As Dr Huftalin pointed out in her remarks that Perkins funding was crucial for SLCC s ability to maintain and grow key CTE programs for our students at a time when our enrollment was rapidly increasing Former ACTE President and current leader of Meridian Technology Center in Stillwater Oklahoma Dr Major followed by highlighting the critical importance of career exploration to his center s success and called for the next iteration of Perkins to increase flexibility in supporting career awareness and guidance activities Dr Ricks focused her comments on the need for Perkins to more seamlessly connect with state and local efforts to develop career pathways She also emphasized CTE s significant impact on student graduation rates noting that minority student populations who have higher rates of high school non completion would stand to benefit immensely from strong support for CTE programs via the Perkins Act Rounding off the opening statements was Mr Johnson of NCCER who focused his remarks on the need for CTE programs to partner closely with members of the local business community He also touched on the need to strengthen the CTE teacher pipeline in future legislation succinctly noting in part that it s easier to turn a pipefitter into a teacher than it is to turn a teacher into a pipefitter Following these opening statements the hearing was opened up to questions from committee members HEW Chairman Kline R MN questioned the witnesses on the extent to which they have partnered or engaged with the Workforce Development Boards authorized under WIOA HEW Ranking Member Scott D VA pursued a line of questioning focused on the need to ensure that CTE and core academics were appropriately integrated A large part of the discussion centered on the need to adequately fund CTE and the Perkins Act with House CTE Caucus co chair Rep Langevin D RI and Subcommittee Ranking Member Fudge D OH each noting the negative impact that sequestration has had on the Perkins Act basic state grant program and the ability of CTE programs to meet increasing demand Rep Carter R GA questioned whether moving Perkins to a competitive funding structure would address these concerns all four witnesses strongly rejected this idea as it would undermine Perkins foundational support for CTE programs throughout the country Rep Fudge along with Reps Clark D MA and Bishop R MI each had questions on how to effectively harness labor market information to ensure CTE programs relate to the needs of the economy Another important dynamic of these discussions focused on how to appropriately balance the short term job training needs of employers with the longer term educational needs of students While much of the day s conversation revolved around Perkins and CTE s role in workforce development efforts

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  • CTE Teacher pipeline « NASDCTEc Blog
    in order to address the nation s skills gap Dr Huftalin kicked the day s panel off by talking about SLCC s innovative partnership with the Boeing Company a relationship that evolved into the impressive Utah Aerospace Pathways program which strongly aligns secondary and postsecondary CTE coursework with the needs of the state s aviation industry As Dr Huftalin pointed out in her remarks that Perkins funding was crucial for SLCC s ability to maintain and grow key CTE programs for our students at a time when our enrollment was rapidly increasing Former ACTE President and current leader of Meridian Technology Center in Stillwater Oklahoma Dr Major followed by highlighting the critical importance of career exploration to his center s success and called for the next iteration of Perkins to increase flexibility in supporting career awareness and guidance activities Dr Ricks focused her comments on the need for Perkins to more seamlessly connect with state and local efforts to develop career pathways She also emphasized CTE s significant impact on student graduation rates noting that minority student populations who have higher rates of high school non completion would stand to benefit immensely from strong support for CTE programs via the Perkins Act Rounding off the opening statements was Mr Johnson of NCCER who focused his remarks on the need for CTE programs to partner closely with members of the local business community He also touched on the need to strengthen the CTE teacher pipeline in future legislation succinctly noting in part that it s easier to turn a pipefitter into a teacher than it is to turn a teacher into a pipefitter Following these opening statements the hearing was opened up to questions from committee members HEW Chairman Kline R MN questioned the witnesses on the extent to which they have partnered or engaged with the Workforce Development Boards authorized under WIOA HEW Ranking Member Scott D VA pursued a line of questioning focused on the need to ensure that CTE and core academics were appropriately integrated A large part of the discussion centered on the need to adequately fund CTE and the Perkins Act with House CTE Caucus co chair Rep Langevin D RI and Subcommittee Ranking Member Fudge D OH each noting the negative impact that sequestration has had on the Perkins Act basic state grant program and the ability of CTE programs to meet increasing demand Rep Carter R GA questioned whether moving Perkins to a competitive funding structure would address these concerns all four witnesses strongly rejected this idea as it would undermine Perkins foundational support for CTE programs throughout the country Rep Fudge along with Reps Clark D MA and Bishop R MI each had questions on how to effectively harness labor market information to ensure CTE programs relate to the needs of the economy Another important dynamic of these discussions focused on how to appropriately balance the short term job training needs of employers with the longer term educational needs of students While much

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  • LMI « NASDCTEc Blog
    order to address the nation s skills gap Dr Huftalin kicked the day s panel off by talking about SLCC s innovative partnership with the Boeing Company a relationship that evolved into the impressive Utah Aerospace Pathways program which strongly aligns secondary and postsecondary CTE coursework with the needs of the state s aviation industry As Dr Huftalin pointed out in her remarks that Perkins funding was crucial for SLCC s ability to maintain and grow key CTE programs for our students at a time when our enrollment was rapidly increasing Former ACTE President and current leader of Meridian Technology Center in Stillwater Oklahoma Dr Major followed by highlighting the critical importance of career exploration to his center s success and called for the next iteration of Perkins to increase flexibility in supporting career awareness and guidance activities Dr Ricks focused her comments on the need for Perkins to more seamlessly connect with state and local efforts to develop career pathways She also emphasized CTE s significant impact on student graduation rates noting that minority student populations who have higher rates of high school non completion would stand to benefit immensely from strong support for CTE programs via the Perkins Act Rounding off the opening statements was Mr Johnson of NCCER who focused his remarks on the need for CTE programs to partner closely with members of the local business community He also touched on the need to strengthen the CTE teacher pipeline in future legislation succinctly noting in part that it s easier to turn a pipefitter into a teacher than it is to turn a teacher into a pipefitter Following these opening statements the hearing was opened up to questions from committee members HEW Chairman Kline R MN questioned the witnesses on the extent to which they have partnered or engaged with the Workforce Development Boards authorized under WIOA HEW Ranking Member Scott D VA pursued a line of questioning focused on the need to ensure that CTE and core academics were appropriately integrated A large part of the discussion centered on the need to adequately fund CTE and the Perkins Act with House CTE Caucus co chair Rep Langevin D RI and Subcommittee Ranking Member Fudge D OH each noting the negative impact that sequestration has had on the Perkins Act basic state grant program and the ability of CTE programs to meet increasing demand Rep Carter R GA questioned whether moving Perkins to a competitive funding structure would address these concerns all four witnesses strongly rejected this idea as it would undermine Perkins foundational support for CTE programs throughout the country Rep Fudge along with Reps Clark D MA and Bishop R MI each had questions on how to effectively harness labor market information to ensure CTE programs relate to the needs of the economy Another important dynamic of these discussions focused on how to appropriately balance the short term job training needs of employers with the longer term educational needs of students While much of

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