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NPS 2013 Update: Hear From Experts About National Implications of State Policies



February 12, 2013

In addition to the focus on Congress and the Obama Administration, ACTE's upcoming National Policy Seminar (NPS) will includes sessions on broader policy topics affecting the CTE community. Our session “CTE in Focus: A Place at the Table” will spotlight a few of the growing number of national organizations which now recognize the value and potential of CTE.

This session will feature Opportunity Nation, which has launched a national campaign and a shared plan to expand economic opportunity and close the opportunity gap in the United States. Career and technical education is a key part of the shared plan, and Opportunity Nation has received significant attention and support from non-profits, businesses, education institutions and others.

Also featured will be the work of The College Board. You are undoubtedly familiar with the College Board’s work on SAT® and AP®, but did you know the organization recently announced a substantial commitment to delivering high quality career technical education? Earlier this year, ACTE participated on two panels hosting by The College Board focused on rigorous CTE.

ACTE has also worked with the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program as the organization researched ingredients of effective, demand-driven workforce development and career and technical education (CTE) strategies. This work is helping states and the federal government to support effective and promising bottom-up, industry-driven skills strategies.

Hear from three experts in these organizations who have been leading these efforts. Learn what they are doing and how the work has potential to impact your programs and students!

Panelists include:

Mark Edwards, Executive Director, Opportunity Nation

Martha Ross, Fellow, Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program

Tom Rudin, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Government Relations & Development, The College Board

Don’t miss this session and the other dynamic sessions and activities planned for this year’s NPS. Register now to Climb the Hill with us! For more information or to check the updated agenda, please visit ACTE's National Policy Seminar website.

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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!

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