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Higher Education Act

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Key Information:

  • The Higher Education Act was last reauthorized in 2008 as Public Law 315-110, titled the Higher Education Opportunity Act.
  • It was scheduled for reauthorization in 2013.
  • The latest updates can be found on the HEA section of the CTE Policy Watch blog.

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Background:

The Higher Education Act (HEA) is a federal law that governs the administration of federal higher education programs. Its purpose is to strengthen the educational resources of our colleges and universities and to provide financial assistance for students in postsecondary and higher education. It was originally passed in and signed into in 1965 and is generally scheduled for  reauthorization by Congress every five years "to encourage growth and change." Most recently, The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA, or H.R. 4137) enacted the tenth reauthorization of the HEA and was signed into law in 2008. The following titles are currently included:

Title I—General Provisions
Title II—Teacher Quality Enhancement Grants for States and Partnerships
Title III—Institutional Aid
Title IV—Student Assistance
Title V—Developing Institutions
Title VI—International Education Programs
Title VII—Graduate and Postsecondary Improvement Programs
Title VIII—Studies, Reports, and Related Programs

This law provides almost $50 billion in loans, grants, work-study and institutional aid in support of postsecondary education. Ninety-five percent of the funding is through Title IV in the form of aid to students. The remainder is used to improve teacher quality, ensure access and improve postsecondary institutions.

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CTE Funding

On Feb. 13, 2012, the Administration released its budget proposal to kick off appropriations activity for Fiscal Year 2013. In this proposal, President Obama suggests level-funding Perkins and investing additional funding in several new education and workforce development programs that could increase student access to high-quality CTE. However, the Administration's proposal is just the first step in the year-long funding process, and statutory budget caps approved last summer, combined with the overall fiscal climate, will make maintaining or increasing Perkins funding, or funding any new programs, particularly difficult. In order to restore previous cuts to Perkins and increase the overall investment in CTE, we must speak out. We must show Congress that investments in CTE will work to get Americans back to work and the economy back on track, and to lay a strong foundation for the workforce of the future!

House/Senate CTE Caucus

In 2007, former Reps. Brian Baird (D-WA) and Phil English (R-PA) launched the Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. Today, the House caucus is chaired by Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) and Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI), and serves as a promotion vehicle for legislation, ideas and information related to CTE.

Sens. Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Rob Portman (R-OH), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) serve as co-chairs of the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus to bring attention in the U.S. Senate to improving and strengthening access to CTE. 

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