We have reported in the past on the serious and looming threat of sequestration and its potential devastating effects on federal funding for CTE. The Budget Control Act of 2011 created the “Super Committee” of Members of Congress who were tasked with creating a plan to cut $1.2 trillion from the federal budget in the next 10 years. Their failure to reach an agreement triggered a provision in the law that will institute a 9.1 percent automatic across-the-board cut to all discretionary programs on January 2, 2013.
Posted by Application Administrator at 4/15/2013 10:22:40 AM
On March 29, the full House passed its Fiscal Year 2013 budget resolution authored by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI). The Ryan budget passed by a vote of 228 to 191 with 10 Republicans voting against the resolution, including House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Denny Rehberg (R-MT).
Posted by Application Administrator at 4/15/2013 10:22:05 AM
Last month, policymakers who support CTE had the opportunity to sign-on to letters to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees addressing CTE funding. Both letters were a great success!
Posted by Application Administrator at 4/15/2013 10:21:36 AM
Education Secretary Arne Duncan appeared before the House Education and the Workforce Committee on Wednesday. Duncan cited the Administration’s proposals for community colleges and career academies. He also received some additional push back on the issue of funding for new competitive grant programs instead of the long-standing formula programs. Specifically, Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) asked a question about Perkins funding in which he noted that Perkins is a proven program to address the skills gap.
Posted by Application Administrator at 4/15/2013 10:12:31 AM
The Workforce Investment Improvement Act which was passed by Republicans in the House will prevent Perkins funding from being consolidated into other bills.
Posted by Application Administrator at 4/15/2013 10:11:57 AM
On March 20, Reps. John Tierney (D-MA), Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX) and George Miller (D-CA) introduced legislation to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act. These Democratic leaders on the House Education and Workforce Committee were following the lead of House Republicans, who introduced their own partisan legislation to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act in December.
Posted by Application Administrator at 4/15/2013 10:11:10 AM
On March 20, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), chair of the House Budget Committee, introduced a budget resolution for 2013. The budget resolution sets overall spending levels for Members of Congress on the Appropriations Committees. The Ryan budget caps overall discretionary spending at $1.028 trillion, $19 billion less than the amount that had already been agreed to in last summer's debt reduction deal.
Posted by Application Administrator at 4/15/2013 10:09:45 AM
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers (PARCC) held a PARCC Progress Briefing on March 12 for leaders from national membership and advocacy organizations. The event provided an update on activities and sparked lively discussion about PARCC’s progress towards development of a common K-12 assessment system and broader efforts in states and districts to implement the Common Core State Standards and transition to the PARCC assessments.
Posted by Application Administrator at 4/15/2013 10:09:09 AM