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  • NASDCTEc Seeks Input on Common Standards for Career Technical Education Programs « NASDCTEc Blog
    Tool CTE State Snapshots for All 50 States NASDCTEc Seeks Input on Common Standards for Career Technical Education Programs The opportunity for the public to comment on the Common Career Technical Core CCTC a shared set of rigorous high quality Career Technical Education CTE standards developed and validated by education and industry experts begins today The public comment period will run April 30 May 11 2012 and all CTE stakeholders including educators administrators and industry are urged to participate in this process The public comment period is an opportunity for CTE stakeholders to participate in the development process of the CCTC which is intended to help ensure all CTE students have access to high quality rigorous career focused learning opportunities in every state and every community across the nation The CCTC will complement and support other comprehensive college and career ready standards such as the Common Core State Standards CCSS in English Language Arts and Mathematics The CCTC initiative is being facilitated by the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium NASDCTEc Forty two states have declared support for the development of the CCTC Each of the 42 states Washington DC and Palau nominated experts from a range of sectors from business and industry to education to participate in working groups charged with the development of the CCTC in the spring of 2012 Once the public comment period ends on May 11 2012 the state nominated working groups will review the public feedback and incorporate changes to the draft standards The final standards are slated for public release at the National Career Clusters Institute on June 19 2012 Click here and learn more about the CCTC online or visit www careertech org Erin Uy Communications Marketing Manager Tags common core state standards Standards This entry was posted

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  • appropriations « NASDCTEc Blog
    please go to https nasdcte adobeconnect com a998116607 fedfunding event event info html Nancy Conneely Public Policy Manager By Nancy in Webinars Tags advocacy appropriations budget Congress funding Perkins Webinars Legislative Update Sequestration Friday August 3rd 2012 House and Senate Continue to Spar Over Sequestration Speaker of the House John Boehner along with other members of the House Republican leadership sent a letter this week to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid urging the Senate to agree to a deal that would prevent sequestration just for defense Senator Reid responded in letter that read in part Democrats have no intention of giving up on balanced deficit reduction At the same time we fully agree about the importance of avoiding the so called fiscal cliff Toward that end the Senate recently passed legislation that cuts taxes for 114 million middle class families By not extending tax breaks that only go to the very wealthy the bill also produces critical savings that could be used to suspend sequestration as part of a comprehensive deficit reduction package Congress is scheduled to go on recess today until Monday September 10 th When they return they are expected to pass a six month continuing resolution but will not tackle sequestration until after the election Nancy Conneely Public Policy Manager By Nancy in Legislation Tags appropriations budget Congress funding Congress to Pass Six Month CR in September Tuesday July 31st 2012 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner announced today that they have reached a deal on a six month continuing resolution CR which will fund the government at 1 047 trillion which is the level set for FY 13 in the Budget Control Act BCA While no other details have been announced staff will work through August recess to draft a bill One issue to note is that the funding level set by the BCA is 4 billion more than the FY12 level so the CR cannot simply fund programs at last year s levels It is unclear how Congress will allocate the additional funding for the six month CR Nancy Conneely Public Policy Manager By Nancy in Legislation Public Policy Tags appropriations budget Congress funding Senate Holds Hearing on Impact of Sequestration on Education Programs Wednesday July 25th 2012 The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor Health and Human Services and Education held a hearing this morning to hear from Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and a panel of state and local educators about the impact of sequestration on education programs Chairman of the subcommittee Senator Tom Harkin IA called on his colleagues to come to a bipartisan and balanced approach to deficit reduction rather than the arbitrary cuts of sequestration During his testimony Secretary Duncan agreed that we need to take a balanced approach because sequestration will cut both effective and ineffective programs He also argued that cutting education funding is very much a national security issue due to the number of highly technical jobs including those in the military sector which go unfilled because there are not enough skilled individuals to fill them When asked about the impact of the cuts on education reform efforts Duncan said that sequestration will touch all education programs including CTE June Atkinson State Superintendent of Public Instructionin North Carolina spoke about how sequestration would hurt her state s effort at increasing college and career readiness For example providing training for Microsoft certifications requires CTE funding which would be cut under sequestration She also noted that the graduation rate of CTE concentrators in North Carolina is 90 percent Presumably cuts to Perkins funding would hinder the tremendous achievement of CTE students Harkin also released this morning Under Threat Sequestration s Impact on Nondefense Jobs and Services a report which looks at the potential impact of sequestration on education health and labor programs under the subcommittee s jurisdiction The report gives national as well as state by state estimates of the number of jobs that could be lost and the number of individuals who could lose services if sequestration goes into effect Nancy Conneely Public Policy Manager By Nancy in Legislation Public Policy Tags appropriations budget college and career readiness Congress Perkins Secretary Duncan Sequestration Resources and New Information Monday July 23rd 2012 The information surrounding the impact and logistics of sequestration is continually in flux With little guidance from the Office of Management and Budget a number of policy groups are speculating about what will happen in 2013 We also know that states and locals are bracing for the worst and trying as best they can to prepare for an approximately 8 percent cut to federally funded programs To help you better understand the potential impact of sequestration we have pulled together a number of resources from various sources Based on estimates from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the National Education Association an 8 4 cut to Perkins in FY13 would amount to a 94 million cut A cut of this magnitude would bring funding down to 1999 levels at time when there are 2 5 million more students enrolled in CTE than there were in 1999 There is however some good news We had originally believed that sequestration would cut Perkins advance appropriations immediately on January 3 2013 but the Department released a clarifying memo on Friday that read in part If Congress does not act to avoid sequestration and assuming the 2013 appropriations for these four accounts are structured similarly to past appropriations which they are under the pending House and Senate appropriations bills the Department will take the sequester from funds that would become available in July 2013 for school year 2013 14 not from the 2012 advance appropriations available in October 2012 The amount of the reduction will be calculated by applying the sequester percentage to be determined by the Office of Management and Budget to the fiscal year 2013 budgetary resources from both the 2012 advance appropriations and the 2013 regular appropriations that are available for the four

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  • Announcing New On-Demand Webinar on The Federal Budget & Appropriations Process: What’s the Difference? « NASDCTEc Blog
    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 Registration Now Open for Achieving Excellence in CTE The National Career Clusters Institute Announcing CTE Literacy The Common Core Institute Announcing New On Demand Webinar on The Federal Budget Appropriations Process What s the Difference This webinar continues a series of On Demand webinars produced by NASDCTEc staff The Federal Budget Appropriations Process What s the Difference Understanding the federal budget and appropriations process can often seem like a daunting task This webinar will explain how the federal budget is created and also illustrate the process by which the many departments agencies and programs including the Perkins Act Basic state grant program receive funding In an ever more difficult fiscal environment it is critical to have a full understanding of how these important processes work and how they will likely impact Career Technical Education CTE programs throughout the country Narrator Steve Voytek Government Relations Associate NASDCTEc Access this and other On Demand recordings here Length 12 08 Ramona Schescke Member Services Manager Tags appropriations budget Webinars This entry was posted on Wednesday March 12th 2014 at 7 16 am and is filed under Public Policy 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 Archives Select Month January

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  • Legislative Update « NASDCTEc Blog
    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

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  • Legislative Update: House Ed Committee Passes ESEA Reauthorization Bill « NASDCTEc Blog
    occur until the end of this year Senate Holds WIA Hearing The Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions HELP Committee held a hearing this week to begin its long overdue reauthorization process for the Workforce Investment Act WIA Chairman Tom Harkin D IA and the rest of the committee heard testimonies from local and state workforce leaders on how federal policy can better support the workforce through WIA One panelist a CEO from a company that connects employers with workforce talent spoke about the importance of counselors and how the stigma around jobs requiring technical skills is inaccurate and needs to change Overall the panelists encouraged greater collaboration between workforce development agencies and businesses and updated federal legislation to support the increasingly diverse individuals needing workforce services Senate Budget Committee Hearing on President s FY 14 Budget for Education Secretary Duncan testified this week in front of the Senate Budget Committee on the President s FY14 budget request for education The request proposed funding the Carl D Perkins Career and Technical Education Act Perkins at its pre sequestration level of 1 1 billion During the hearing Senator Patty Murray D WA discussed her disapproval of the House budget proposal and the need to replace sequestration cuts which have resulted in a 58 million decrease to Perkins Secretary Duncan also indicated that the House FY 14 proposal would reduce total federal education funding by 18 percent in addition to the sequestration cuts Senator Tim Kaine D VA a proponent of Career Technical Education CTE expressed concern to Duncan over the lack of focus on CTE and the exclusion of certificates and apprenticeships from college completion statistics U S Department of Education Announces Flexibility Waivers U S Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced this week two flexibility waivers for which states can apply The first waives a component of the current Elementary and Secondary Education Act ESEA waivers permitting states to delay until the 2016 2017 school year the use of student growth data in making personnel decisions This change impacts the 34 states and the District of Columbia that had approved waivers before the summer of 2012 by delaying implementation for one year States without ESEA waivers will not be impacted The second flexibility waiver announced by the Department is focused on double testing flexibility The testing consortia PARCC and Smarter Balanced will begin field testing their assessments next school year To avoid administering two similar tests to some students in the same year the field test and the state s current assessment the Department is accepting requests from states that would like to administer a single assessment either assessment is permitted to students in the 2013 2014 school year Accountability expectations would remain the same for the school year FY14 Appropriations The Senate Appropriations Committee this week approved its FY 2014 302 b allocations by a party line vote of 15 14 The overall funding level was set at 1 058 trillion 91 billion higher than the House s 967

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  • budget « NASDCTEc Blog
    cuts will then be made Since the Carl D Perkins Career and Technical Education Act Perkins falls under the NDD category Perkins funding will be reduced for FY 13 This means that the previous tables provided by the Office of Vocational and Adult Education OVAE are no longer accurate Due to the unforeseen additional 0 2 percent cut OVAE will have to run their formulas again to determine state allocations for July 1 2013 We will pass along any additional information to members as it is provided to us President s Budget for FY14 After several delays in its release date the White House has announced that President Obama s budget will be made public on Wednesday April 10 2013 We will review the President s budget closely to see what is proposed for Career Technical Education CTE as CTE was featured so prominently in his State of the Union address Senate Passes FY14 Budget Proposal The Senate has now passed S Con Res 8 their proposal for the FY 14 budget The budget passed the Senate by 50 votes to 49 with four Democrats voting against the proposal As reported in a previous blog pos t S Con Res 8 would replace the sequester cuts from FY14 with a balanced deficit reduction package This would mean that NDD spending in FY14 which includes Perkins funding would be at much higher levels than what is proposed in the House Budget H Con Res 25 Budget proposals generally do not provide recommendations for program level increases or decreases but instead provide a broad framework an overall cap on spending and guidelines for where investments should be made Therefore the exact impact of either proposal on Perkins funding is unclear at this time Now that both the House and the Senate budgets have passed a Conference Committee will be held to discuss differences between the House and Senate proposals and for compromise to be reached After that the appropriations process will begin which will provide more details on how each party would fund NDD spending As soon as more details are available they will be shared with members David Beckett Advocacy Manager By David in Legislation Public Policy Tags budget Congress federal legislation Legislative Update House Passes FY14 Budget Proposal House Passes Continuing Resolution Friday March 22nd 2013 House Passes FY14 Budget Proposal The House yesterday moved to pass H Con Res 25 to establish the budget for the U S government for FY 14 and set forth appropriate budgetary levels for FY 15 through FY 23 Chairman Ryan s budget proposal for FY14 with 221 votes cast in favor of the measure and 207 votes against it Ten Republicans voted against passage As reported in a previous blog post H Con Res 25 proposes an 11 7 percent reduction in overall non defense discretionary NDD spending in FY14 which includes Carl D Perkins Career and Technical Education Act Perkins funding The Senate is currently debating amendments to their own budget proposal S Con Res 8 Once the final version passes in the Senate a Conference Committee will be held to discuss differences between the House and Senate proposals and for compromise to be reached Houses Passes Continuing Resolution The House yesterday also passed the Senate approved Continuing Resolution This decision means the bill is passed to President Obama to sign The bill which will presumably be signed into law would not require any additional cuts to Perkins other than the already agreed upon 5 percent cut from sequestration David Beckett Advocacy Manager By David in Public Policy Tags budget Congress federal legislation Legislative Update Senate Passes Continuing Resolution House Republican and Democrat FY14 Budget Proposals Senate Democrat FY14 Budget Proposals President s FY14 Budget Proposal Thursday March 21st 2013 Senate Passes Continuing Resolution On March 20 the Senate voted 73 26 to pass its version of the FY13 continuing resolution CR This CR would see all Department of Education programs funded at their FY13 levels and then cut 5 by the sequester It is important to note that the Senate passed CR does not include the 0 098 across the board cut that was included in the House approved CR The House must now decide whether or not to accept the Senate version which would mean dropping the 0 098 across the board cut and pass the bill to the President to sign or to try to work across the chambers to resolve the differences between the two proposals NASDCTEc will continue to monitor this ever changing and very active policy environment and provide you with more information on the emerging budget and sequestration decisions being made Because the Perkins Act is forward funded the decisions made with this CR would effect the funding that states get on July 1 2013 House Republican and Democrat FY14 Budget Proposals House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan R WI recently announced his plan for the FY14 budget H Con Res 25 The measure which passed through the House Budget Committee last week on a party line vote of 22 17 is expected to be voted on later today and would see an 11 7 reduction in overall non defense discretionary NDD spending in FY14 NDD spending includes all education and workforce funding including Perkins Budget proposals generally do not provide recommendations for program level increases or decreases but instead provide a broad framework an overall cap on spending and guidelines for where investments should be made The Ryan budget proposal does not provide details on which programs would be reduced to achieve the 11 7 reduction in NDD so it is unclear of the implications of this proposal on Perkins funding The Ryan proposal does recommend moving the Community College TAA Grant program which is administered by the Department of Labor to the discretionary side of the budget it is currently on the mandatory side of the budget Representative Chris Van Hollen D MD Ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee had offered up

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  • Sequestration in Three Minutes « NASDCTEc Blog
    Branding Campaign User Agreement Relevant 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 Legislative Update Drop in Per Pupil Spending for Public Elementary and Secondary Systems Career Clusters Institute Blog Series Business Industry Certification BIC CTE Programs that Provide 21st Century Skills Sequestration in Three Minutes NDD United is a coalition of organizations and associations committed to saving nondefense discretionary NDD programs such as education health care research and others from additional cuts at the federal level The coalition of which the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium NADSCTEc is a member has recently released a clever and effective video describing sequestration in just under three minutes For more information on NDD United and how to spread their message see this Toolkit On Twitter On Thursday May 30 join NDD United s Twitter Storm using nomorecuts Kate Blosveren Associate Executive Director Tags advocacy budget funding This entry was posted on Tuesday May 28th 2013 at 2 56 pm and is filed under Uncategorized 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 2015 11 August 2015

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  • Legislative Update: FY14 Perkins Estimates, FY14 Budget, ESEA Hearing « NASDCTEc Blog
    time of the release the tables included incorrect information for the Carl D Perkins Career and Technical Education Act Perkins The tables have now been updated and can be found here Perkins information can be found on page 21 The FY13 estimates reflect sequestration reductions It is important to note that the estimates for FY14 assume the President s budget request is approved which restores funds to pre sequestration levels and for Perkins assumes enactment of the U S Department of Education s Investing in America s Future A Blueprint for Transforming Career and Technical Education This proposal withholds 100 million in funds from the states to create an innovation fund managed by the federal government The authority to withhold these funds and create the innovation fund would have to be enacted into law before it could occur therefore NASDCTEc recommends against using the FY14 estimates for planning purposes For more information on the President s FY14 budget proposal and its potential impact on CTE revisit this blog post and this blog post FY 2014 Budget Update Last month Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid D NV called for the creation of a budget conference committee to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate budgets As reported in previous blog posts the House budget would lead to an 11 7 percent reduction in nondefense discretionary spending for FY14 which would result in significant reductions to Perkins funding The Senate budget would repeal the sequester and restore funding to Perkins and other nondefense programs This week Senators Reid and Patty Murray D WA attempted again on the Senate floor to appoint conferees on the Budget Resolution Senators Ted Cruz R TX and Mitch McConnell R KY objected Staff will continue to monitor any progress made on the FY14 budget House ESEA Hearing Discusses CTE The Elementary and Secondary Education Act ESEA has been eligible for reauthorization for more than six years and members of Congress are again looking at how the expired law can be updated and improved This week the House Education and the Workforce Committee held a hearing called Raising the Bar Exploring State and Local Efforts to Improve Accountability to discuss the federal role in accountability for education CTE became part of the discussion when Rep Susan Brooks R IN highlighted the importance of preparing students who are both college and career ready by aligning CTE and academic courses Education stakeholders who provided testimony at the hearing included Louisiana State Superintendent of Education John White and Superintendent of Northfield Minnesota Public Schools Chris Richardson White and Richardson agreed that better alignment between CTE and traditional academic courses is necessary White described Louisiana s efforts to include more measures including dual enrollment credit employment attainment and Advanced Placement scores in addition to using proficiency and graduation rates Another panelist Eric Gordon of Cleveland Metropolitan School District in Ohio discussed his district s commitment to preparing students for postsecondary education and careers through CTE The discussion at this hearing on

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