Upon reading Michael J. Petrilli’s recent article, “Kid, I’m Sorry, but You’re Just Not College Material,” I was encouraged to see a major publication shining light on some of the many benefits that career and technical education (CTE) has to offer. However, there is a key point that my colleagues at the Association for Career and Technical Education I and feel is important to emphasize in this discussion: CTE is a component of academically challenging, rigorous education for all students, be they high-fliers or at-risk.
Posted by CTE Policy Watch at 3/25/2014 12:56:43 PM
The House Education and the Workforce Committee held a field hearing in Mesa, AZ featuring two panels with witnesses coming from four- and two-year public postsecondary institutions, for-profit postsecondary institutions, local government and business and industry. The focus of the hearing was the role partnerships between business and industry and education institutions play in ensuring career training programs are aligned to industry needs and students are able to find employment.
Posted by CTE Policy Watch at 3/21/2014 8:17:36 AM
During a special event at the Capitol Visitors Center during ACTE’s recent National Policy Seminar, Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) accepted the 2013 ACTE Policymaker of the Year Award. This award is presented annually by association to recognize policymakers who have made a significant contribution to CTE policy in the past year.
Posted by CTE Policy Watch at 3/21/2014 11:11:36 AM
Lawmakers who support CTE will have the
opportunity to sign on to a letter to the House Appropriations Committees
urging a strong federal investment in Perkins for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015. We
need as many members of the House as possible to sign this letter to help ensure
that the appropriations committee recognizes the importance of funding CTE.
Please take a few minutes to help us in this effort. The deadline for your
Member of Congress to sign on is March
31. Contact your representative and urge them to sign today!
Posted by CTE Policy Watch at 3/19/2014 5:01:29 PM
The House Education and the Workforce Committee held a hearing in Las Vegas, NV to discuss the Perkins CTE Act reauthorization and CTE's benefits to students and employers. The hearing focused primarily on CTE funding and connecting CTE programs with business and industry and between secondary and postsecondary institutions.
Posted by CTE Policy Watch at 3/19/2014 4:30:35 PM
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has announced the public comment period for the revised Career and Technical Education (CTE) Standards, 2nd edition. The standards will be available for review from March 16 to April 13.
Posted by CTE Policy Watch at 3/18/2014 5:49:14 PM
The U.S. Department of Education announced
last week the start of the 2014 Investing in Innovation (i3) grant
competition. This next round of i3 grants will provide a total of $134
million to partnerships of schools districts and nonprofit organizations. The
announcement included a new set of grant priorities and a pre-application for
the competition’s “development” category.
Posted by CTE Policy Watch at 3/18/2014 5:27:31 PM
The Department of Education recently proposed regulations on gainful employment requirements for postsecondary educational institutions offering federal financial aid for career training programs. This proposal comes nearly a year after a federal court struck down the department’s previous attempt to regulate gainful employment.
Posted by CTE Policy Watch at 3/25/2014 9:05:43 AM