Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed the
Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill. As we reported
earlier this week, the bill was given the green light from the appropriations
subcommittee on Tuesday and it is now ready to proceed to the Senate floor for
a vote there. Thanks to the efforts of the entire CTE community, the committee
approved a $1.1 billion funding level for Perkins! The across-the-board
sequester cut caused a $58 million reduction in Perkins for FY 2013, resulting
in less funding for high schools, CTE centers, community and technical colleges,
and millions of CTE students nationwide beginning in the 2013-14 school year. Thursday’s
vote marked a big step toward restoring this cut!
Posted by Application Administrator at 7/15/2013 2:58:47 PM
A new Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report
paints a mixed picture of postsecondary CTE in the United States,
praising CTE's flexibility, innovation and inclusion while citing
challenges that result from decentralization, such as uneven quality and
a lack of transparency and coherency that can affect student ability to
make informed choices.
Posted by Application Administrator at 7/12/2013 2:08:58 PM
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced the Building Understanding, Investment, Learning and Direction Career and Technical Education (BUILD CTE) Act of 2013 to establish a pilot, competitive grant program to help states establish, re-establish or scale up career exploration programs in middle schools.
Posted by Application Administrator at 7/12/2013 2:08:14 PM
A recent Lumina publication reports a slow but steady increase in U.S.
postsecondary attainment, while emphasizing how far we have to go toward
reaching the foundation's goal of 60 percent of Americans with
postsecondary credentials, including certificates, by 2025.
Posted by Application Administrator at 7/11/2013 1:02:00 PM
Speaking on the Senate floor yesterday during a debate on fixing the student loan interest rate, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) lauded the merits of career and technical education as a key part of any "fix" to the higher education system.
Posted by Application Administrator at 7/11/2013 12:47:07 PM
An analysis of ACT WorkKeys scores,
compared to skills required in high-wage, high-demand and fast-growing
jobs, has found significant gaps between examinee skills and job
requirements, particularly when it comes to locating information.
However, test-taker skills and job needs were better matched on the
middle level-meaning students with a postsecondary certificate or
associate degree, by and large, had the skills needed for jobs that
require a postsecondary certificate or associate degree-than for
education and jobs at higher or lower levels of education and work
Posted by Application Administrator at 7/11/2013 12:10:13 PM
the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations
Subcommittee approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 appropriations bill. While the
individual allocation for Perkins will not be officially announced until the
bill is taken up by the full appropriations committee on Thursday, it included
an overall increase for the Department of Education of $1.4 billion. The bill also
seeks to address the effects of sequestration, which has resulted in an
across-the-board cut to most discretionary programs, including a $58 million
reduction in Perkins funding for the 2013-14 school year.
Posted by Application Administrator at 7/11/2013 12:47:30 PM
Four-year college may not be the answer
for all students, based on major and career area of interest, according
to the authors of a recent Brookings publication. On average, there are benefits of getting a bachelor's degree that outweigh costs. But, to quote Should Everyone Go To College? authors Stephanie Owen and Isabel Sawhill, "the key phrase here is 'on average'."
Posted by Application Administrator at 7/9/2013 10:08:23 PM