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2014 ACTE National Policy Seminar

When: Monday, March 03, 2014 8:00 AM - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 5:00 PM

Where: Marriott Crystal Gateway, Arlington, Virginia


Save the Date, 2015

The 2015 National Policy Seminar will be held March 2-4 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott.

2014 ACTE National Policy Seminar
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ACTE Members Make Their Voices Heard in Washington!

Important discussions have been launched to reauthorize the Perkins Act and shape the future of CTE. 

Click here for our final NPS Agenda 

Click here for ACTE's official press release. 

Click here for a sample press release that you can update and send to your local media.

 This year’s NPS featured:

  • The latest information from Capitol Hill staff and Members of Congress on the reauthorization of Perkins, as well as ongoing reauthorizations of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Higher Education Act and Workforce Investment Act.
  • Timely updates on federal funding for Perkins and other key programs, with important details on how you can best influence the funding process.
  • Opportunities to weigh in on the critical policy issues affecting you and your programs.
  • Advocacy tips and tools you can use to promote your program at the local, state and federal levels. 
Kiki McLean

Opening General Session

Catherine “Kiki” McLean is co-founder of No Labels, a growing citizens’ movement of Democrats, Republicans and independents dedicated to promoting a new politics of problem solving. With experience as a senior advisor to numerous high-ranking officials and appearances on many policy programs, her insights will provide CTE advocates an insider’s view of the Washington political landscape.







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CTE Policy Watch Blog

Duncan Talks 2014 Budget on Capitol Hill

8/12/13 By: Mitch Following the release of President Obama’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 budget request on Wednesday, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appeared before the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee to defend the Administration’s plan for funding education in the coming fiscal year. In the budget proposal, the Administration suggests funding Perkins at 1.1 billion, equal to FY 2012 levels, before sequestration. Additionally, the budget proposes a $10 million increase for the National Programs line item which is designated for a new dual enrollment program focused on career preparation. Despite requests for an overall increase in education funding, the Administration's budget does not prioritize additional investments to meet the growing needs in CTE. During the hearing on Thursday, both Republican and Democratic members of the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations subcommittee expressed apprehensions about the Administration’s strong focus on increasing funding for competitive grant programs. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), ranking-member of the subcommittee, talked about her concern for formula-funded education programs, like Perkins, which largely did not receive increases in funding. “The emphasis on competitive funding I find troubling,” said DeLauro. “What is need is steady secure funding for all of our schools to move toward improvement.” Federal investments in education must be directed to those areas with a proven track record of success that provide all students with equal access and opportunity. Members of the subcommittee will now begin to draft an appropriations bill that will fund Perkins in FY 2014. Let Congress know that it is time to make investing in Perkins a priority!

Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) Announces Career Counseling Bill

In a press release today, Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) announced a bill designed to improve school counseling resources across the country. The Counseling for Career Choice Act of 2013 provides increased support and professional development for school counselors to have the resources and materials to help students make educated decisions about their future, whether it is a four-year university, career and technical education program in high school or other option.


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