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  • Pennsylvania ESEA Waiver Includes CTE

    On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Education approved Pennsylvania’s application to waive key requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as No Child Left Behind. Pennsylvania’s waiver was the 41st approved since the department began issuing waiver in 2011.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 8/23/2013 4:34:40 PM

  • President Announces Higher Ed Plan

    In a press release this morning, President Barack Obama announced his plan to improve postsecondary education access and affordability. Over the past few years, the President has continually professed his support for community colleges and ensuring access to higher education for low-income students, and this new proposal looks to build on those efforts through the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 8/23/2013 4:34:40 PM

  • Maine ESEA Waiver Approved

    The U.S. Department of Education approved Maine's application for flexibility from key requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in exchange for a state developed plan to prepare all students for college and career, focus aid on the neediest students and support effective teachers and leadership.

    Posted by CTE Policy Watch at 8/14/2013 4:39:05 PM

  • 2013 Race to the Top District: Benefits for CTE?

    The U.S. Department of Education announced Tuesday that it has finalized the applications for the latest round of the Race to the Top – District (RTT-D) competition. This is the second year of the individual school district competition, and will provide nearly $120 million in competitive grants to “support bold, locally directed improvements in learning and teaching that will directly improve student achievement and educator effectiveness.”

    Posted by Application Administrator at 8/5/2013 4:17:03 PM

  • Senate Confirms Thomas Perez for Labor Secretary

    Yesterday, the Senate approved, on a party-line vote of 54-46, the confirmation of Thomas Perez as the next secretary of labor. Prior to being nominated by President Obama for the top job at the Department Labor, Perez served as assistant attorney general for civil rights at the Department of Justice. He will fill the vacancy left by former-Secretary Hilda Solis who announced her departure in January after four years in the Obama Cabinet.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 7/22/2013 10:39:55 AM

  • ACTE Signs on to Letter Showing Support for ConnectED

    ACTE, along with various other organizations, recently sent out a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voicing  support for the Obama  Administration’s new ConnectED initiative. They expressed concern about the 20 percent of students who graduate late or drop out entirely and the need to decrease that number in order to keep America competitive in the global marketplace. The plans would help to expand the school systems current internet capabilities, bringing student learning into the digital age.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 7/9/2013 10:04:00 PM

  • USDA Proposes CTE Waiver for School Nutrition Regulations

    On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the final version of new regulations to establish national nutritional standards for all foods sold to students in schools.Though intended to target foods sold in vending machines, al a carte lines and school stores, the stricter guidelines could impact CTE programs that have incorporated into their course curriculum a student-run café, bakery or other school-based business that sells food.Following a strong reaction from the CTE community in public comments on the draft version of the regulations in April, the USDA has agreed to provide a special CTE exemption! CTE programs that are not able to meet the new nutrition guidelines for instructional reasons will be eligible to apply for a waiver from the department.  

    Posted by Application Administrator at 7/9/2013 10:01:53 PM

  • Administration Announces New ESEA Flexibility

    Earlier this week, U.S. Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan announced two new flexibility waivers for states under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. A letter was sent to all Chief State School Offices with details on the waivers.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 6/20/2013 4:43:07 PM

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