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  • Labor Department Announces Ready to Work Partnership Grant

     The Department of Labor announced on February 19 the availability of approximately $150 million in new grants designed to help place individuals affected by long-term employment into new jobs. These grants, referred to as the “Ready to Work Partnerships” between employers and non-profit organizations, will help those who have been out of work for long periods to obtain middle and high-skilled jobs.                                                                                     

    Posted by CTE Policy Watch at 2/21/2014 4:09:09 PM

  • Long Delayed Farm Bill Passes Congress

    After years of protracted negotiations and delays, the Senate voted 63-32 to pass a new, five-year Farm Bill on Tuesday. The House approved the compromise bill last week.  At nearly 1,000 pages long, the legislation is the cornerstone of federal agriculture policy with implications for a wide-range of issues, including forestry, research, energy, nutrition, social welfare, job training and education.

    Posted by CTE Policy Watch at 2/7/2014 5:35:53 PM

  • Department of Education Releases Perkins State Table for 2014

    Recently, the U.S. Department of Education released a new state-by-state table that shows Perkins funding in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014. The table shows state allocations beginning in FY 2012 and reflects the FY 2013 sequester cut, as well as the recent increase in Perkins funding for the current fiscal year. The FY 2014 omnibus appropriations bill, which was recently signed into law by President Obama, included a $53 million increase for Perkins! The funding boost for Perkins will restore over 90 percent of the cut to Perkins state grants that occurred in 2013 as a result of sequestration. 

    Posted by CTE Policy Watch at 2/5/2014 5:28:15 PM

  • Workforce Data Quality Update: New Report and Grants

    Recently, the Workforce Data Quality Campaign (WDQC), a national initiative that advocates for inclusive, aligned and market-relevant data systems used for advancing the nation's skilled workforce, released an initial report outlining the campaign's five-point agenda for reform. ACTE was a founding partner of WDQC and is actively involved in pursuing the campaign's agenda.

    Posted by CTE Policy Watch at 1/30/2014 3:45:44 PM

  • Baldwin Introduces GREEN Act in Senate

    Recently, Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) introduced the Grants for Renewable Energy Education for the Nation (GREEN) Act (S. 1952). The bill is a companion to the House GREEN Act sponsored by Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA). Sen. Baldwin publicly announced the Senate GREEN Act during a tour of technical colleges across Wisconsin.

    Posted by CTE Policy Watch at 1/23/2014 12:19:14 PM

  • Senate Approves Perkins Increase

    The FY 2014 omnibus appropriations bill cleared the Senate last night on a bipartisan vote of 72-26. As we previously reported, the House overwhelming approved the funding measure, including a $53 million increase for Perkins, earlier this week.

    Posted by CTE Policy Watch at 1/17/2014 4:20:21 PM

  • House Passes FY 14 Omnibus Bill With Perkins Increase; Senate to Vote Soon

    The FY 2014 omnibus appropriations bill passed overwhelmingly on the floor of the House of Representatives yesterday by a vote of 359-67. As we previously reported, the omnibus bill includes a $53 million increase for Perkins! The Senate is expected to vote on the measure before the end of the week. Please take a few minutes to reach out to your Senators and urge them to vote YES on this bill.

    Posted by CTE Policy Watch at 4/21/2014 4:29:56 PM

  • Education Leader George Miller to Retire

    Rep. George Miller (D-CA), ranking member on the House Education and the Workforce Committee and winner of ACTE’s Policymaker of the Year Award, announced his retirement on Monday. He will not seek re-election in 2014.

    Posted by CTE Policy Watch at 1/17/2014 10:55:30 AM

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