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  • CTE in the News: ''Why We Need Vocational Education,'' The Washington Post

    Mark Phillips, blogger for Edutopia, professor emeritus at San Francisco State University and an education columnist for the Marin Independent Journal, wrote an article titled “Why We Need Vocational Education” for the Washington Post’s “Answer Sheet” blog, criticizing the bias against vocational, or career and technical, education as “dysfunctional.” The article, which was posted on the Washington Post website today, argues that CTE should be “highly valued, well funded and effectively implemented” on both secondary and postsecondary levels.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 4/15/2013 12:07:59 PM

  • Thirty-one Groups Sign Letter Opposing ''Ability to Benefit'' Elimination

    On June 4, thirty-one education and workforce training groups, including ACTE, sent a letter to Senator Harkin (D-IA) concerning the elimination of “Ability to Benefit” provisions in the Higher Education Act. Currently, students without a high school diploma or GED are able to take a test to determine college readiness. If a student passes the test, then the student becomes eligible to receive federal financial aid to complete a course of study.  Under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012, the funding for this financial aid was eliminated.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 4/15/2013 12:07:05 PM

  • Report Urges Engaging CTE Community in Common Core

    On May 24, ACTE and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) partnered with Achieve on the release of a report providing a blueprint for increased engagement between state education leaders and the career and technical education (CTE) community.

    Posted by Alisha Hyslop at 10/6/2014 10:18:55 AM

  • TIME Magazine Article Recognizes CTE as ''Learning That Works''

    In the TIME Magazine article “Learning That Works,”  Joe Klein, TIME Magazine’s political columnist, presents us with a compelling snapshot of CTE today, highlighting much of CTE’s strongest evidence of the positive impacts for students, businesses and communities.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 4/15/2013 12:31:15 PM

  • Revised FY 12 State Perkins Allocations Released

    Earlier this week, the Department of Education released revised estimates of state Perkins allocations for FY 2012 (July 2012 and October 2012 distributions). These new estimates replace state allocations originally sent to states on April 9 due to administrative errors that were discovered in the original estimates. Approximately half of states received a different allocation (either higher or lower) in this new estimate.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 12/16/2014 11:49:36 AM

  • Labor Dept. Releases Career Pathways Technical Assistance Resources

    Earlier this month the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (ETA) released a bundle of resources to aid state, local and tribal entities in developing career pathway systems, as part of the ETA’s Career Pathways Initiative.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 4/15/2013 11:10:08 AM

  • Victory for Ag Education: Proposed Agriculture Labor Rules Withdrawn

    Due in large part to the work of the agricultural community, the Department of Labor announced on April 26 that it was withdrawing proposed regulations on child labor which would have hurt school agriculture programs.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 4/15/2013 11:09:24 AM

  • House FY13 Spending Levels at Odds With Senate

    On Wednesday, the House Appropriations Committee approved a measure that caps federal discretionary spending at $1.028 trillion for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013. The individual FY 2013 spending level, known as a 302(b) allocation, for Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education is $150 billion in the House. From this amount, the appropriators will divide up funding for individual programs like Perkins. The $150 billion level is a 4 percent reduction from the current FY 2012 level and is $7.72 billion less than the Senate has already allocated for FY 2013.  

    Posted by Application Administrator at 4/15/2013 11:08:56 AM

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