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
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
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
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
Posted by CTE Policy Watch at 1/30/2014 3:45:44 PM
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
Posted by CTE Policy Watch at 1/23/2014 12:19:14 PM
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
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
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