NPS 2013 Update: Hear From Experts About National Implications of State Policies
February 12, 2013
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.
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
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!
Mark Edwards, Executive Director, Opportunity
Martha Ross, Fellow, Brookings Metropolitan Policy
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.
CTE Policy Watch Blog
Duncan Talks 2014 Budget on Capitol Hill
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
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
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