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  • 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

  • DOL Awards Grants to Improve Workforce Data Quality

    Earlier this week, the Department of Labor announced the grant winners in the latest round of its Workforce Data Quality Initiative. This is the third round of grants, designed to help states build or expand their longitudinal data systems to better link workforce and education data and enhance the effectiveness of employment and training programs.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 6/19/2013 11:20:49 AM

  • Department of Education Eyes CTE for High School Redesign

    In blog posts this week on the Department of Education’s Homeroom blog, career and technical education took a front and center role as a great example of initiatives by high schools to improve student performance. These blogs are part of a series pushing President Obama’s high school redesign initiative, a proposal for a new competitive program to “encourage school districts to… focus on providing rigorous real-world experiences to students that will put them on a path for succes in both college and careers.”

    Posted by Application Administrator at 6/14/2013 3:36:00 PM

  • CTE Students “Cooking Up Change” In Washington

    High school culinary arts students from around the country had the opportunity to participate in the Healthy Schools Campaign's "Cooking up Change" national finals this week in Washington, DC.

    Posted by CTE Policy Watch at 6/12/2013 4:27:41 PM

  • New ETA Acting Assistant Secretary

    On May 31, Jane Oates resigned from her position as assistant secretary of the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA). She had served in this role since 2009, and is a long-time friend of ACTE and CTE generally.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 6/10/2013 10:54:14 AM

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