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
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
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, 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
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
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
Posted by Application Administrator at 7/9/2013 10:01:53 PM
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
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
Posted by Application Administrator at 6/19/2013 11:20:49 AM
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