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  • How Has Federal Funding Impacted You?

    We're looking for CTE stakeholders to share with us personal stories about their CTE programs, including how federal policies are impacting their students and classrooms.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 10/21/2013 3:50:43 PM

  • Budget Deal’s Alternative Teacher Certification Provision

    After a 16-day government shutdown, the Senate and House of Representatives agreed on Wednesday night to a short-term deal to raise the debt ceiling and fund the federal government through a continuing resolution (CR), which also included a provision to allow teachers participating in an alternative certification program to be considered “highly qualified” under the Highly Qualified Teachers (HQT) section of the 2001 authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

    Posted by Application Administrator at 10/21/2013 3:50:26 PM

  • Shutdown Comes to an End

    With only hours to go before the deadline to raise the federal debt ceiling and after 16 days of a government shutdown, Congress finally voted to end the protected budget battle last night. President Obama signed the legislation (H.R. 2775) following passage by the House (285-144) and Senate (81-18). The bill was unanimously supported by Democrats in the House and Senate and received mixed support from Republicans in both chambers. The federal government will reopen today and 800,000 furloughed federal workers, including over 3,000 employees at the U.S. Department of Education, will return to work.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 10/17/2013 4:28:32 PM

  • CTE Funding Spotlight: Toolbox for Education Grant

    CTE programs across the country are feeling the pinch of these difficult economic times. Cuts in federal funding for education and budget austerity at the state and local levels have become major challenges for many CTE educators and administrators. While there are many funding opportunities available through government and private foundation grants for specific education projects and initiatives, these are not always easy to find. To help bring much-needed resources to your CTE classroom, we have created this new CTE Funding Spotlight series. We will search out education, workforce training and CTE funding opportunities that are currently available and regularly highlight them on our CTE Policy Watch blog.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 10/11/2013 2:43:13 PM

  • Shutdown Update: Debt Ceiling Enters the Debate

    Week two of the federal government shutdown began with no indication that congressional leaders and the White House are any closer to a resolution that would end the partisan standoff. The likelihood that both sides will be able to reach a deal to end the shutdown is being further complicated by a looming deadline to raise the nation’s debt limit. The U.S. Treasury Department announced that Congress will need to approve an increase in the federal debt ceiling before October 17 in order to avoid a default. So what is the debt ceiling and what does it have to do with the ongoing government shutdown?

    Posted by Application Administrator at 10/9/2013 12:35:41 PM

  • Shutdown Update: We’re Still Working for You

    As we enter day four of the federal government shutdown, there is still no sign that Congress will reach an agreement to reopen the government anytime soon. Negotiations between the House and Senate have broken down over the fate of the president’s signature health care reform law, also known as Obamacare. Conservative Republicans continue to insist on blocking the implementation of Obamacare as a condition for restoring funding for federal programs and operations.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 10/7/2013 10:33:23 AM

  • Government Shutdown: What This Means for CTE

    The federal government has officially shut down for the first time in 17 years, as Congress is still unable to reach a resolution to continue funding government programs and operations in the new fiscal year. So what will this shutdown mean for CTE?

    Posted by Application Administrator at 10/1/2013 1:15:03 PM

  • Showdown Over Funding Bill Threatens Government Shutdown

    On Friday, the House of Representatives approved a Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 continuing resolution (CR) that will temporarily fund federal programs, including Perkins, through December 15. The stopgap funding bill, which passed on a mostly party-line vote of 230-189, is necessary to prevent a government-wide shutdown when the current fiscal year ends on September 30. The CR will continue funding the federal government at the current, FY 2013 funding levels. For Perkins, federal funding was cut by 5.2 percent in FY 2013 due to sequestration. This resulted in a $58 million reduction in the federal support for CTE in the 2013-14 school year.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 9/26/2013 10:22:57 AM

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