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  • 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

  • $474.5M Awarded for Skills Training Partnerships

    The latest round of Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grants has been awarded to community colleges and universities around the country for the development and expansion of innovative training programs in partnership with local employers.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 9/19/2013 4:47:08 PM

  • New Report Shows Deep Cuts in State Education Funding

    A recent report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities highlights reductions in state funding for education since the beginning of the economic recession in 2008. As we approach the five-year anniversary of the financial meltdown that helped to spur this recession, the report shows that many states are still dealing with the lingering effects and have not yet returned to pre-recession funding levels for education.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 9/16/2013 1:03:30 PM

  • House Delays Vote on Funding Bill

    On Tuesday, the House Appropriations Committee released the text of a Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 continuing resolution (CR) that will temporarily fund federal programs, including Perkins, through December 15. Congress has yet to approve any of the 12 full-year appropriations bills for FY 2014.A stopgap funding bill is necessary to prevent a government shutdown when the current fiscal year ends on September 30. The CR will essentially put the federal budget on autopilot for a few months, continuing funding levels from FY 2013. For Perkins, FY 2013 funding was cut by 5.2 percent below the previous year, incorporating the across-the-board sequester cut,  which has resulted in $58 million reduction in the federal investment in CTE for the 2013-14 school year.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 9/12/2013 5:42:25 PM

  • Report Shows State-by-state Sequester Cut for CTE

    This week, the National Education Association (NEA) released a report that shows the cuts in federal education funding, including Perkins, state-by-state in Fiscal Year (FY) 2013. Based on the most recent estimates from the U.S. Department of Education, these tables illustrate the significant reductions in federal support to states in the wake of sequestration.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 9/4/2013 11:35:14 AM

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