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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

  • Caucus Co-chairs Call for CTE Exemption in USDA Nutrition Regulations

    New rules proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)—authorized under the Healthy, Hungry-Free Kids Act of 2010—will require all foods sold in schools to meet strict nutritional standards beginning in 2014. Though intended by Congress to target snack foods sold in vending machines, a la carte lines and school stores, these regulations could have a harmful effect on students in CTE culinary programs that operate student-run cafés, bakeries and catering businesses.

    Posted by CTE Policy Watch at 4/21/2014 4:25:35 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

  • Business Roundtable Promotes Pathways, Postsecondary and Industry Alignment

    Through member CEO feedback and interviews with education and workforce development experts, the Business Roundtable (BRT) has identified five priorities for developing a highly skilled workforce that focus on pathways and alignment to help students move through education and into the workforce with valued credentials.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 10/21/2013 3:48:54 PM

  • Return on Investment for Some College, No Degree

    A recent release from The Hamilton Project analyzes the lifetime earnings of those who complete some college but not a two- or four-year degree. Researchers Michael Greenstone and Adam Looney find that these individuals' lifetime earnings are about $100,000 more than the earnings of those who finished their education with a high school diploma.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 10/21/2013 3:48:42 PM

  • Troubling U.S. Performance on Survey of Adult Skills

    The OECD has conducted its first Survey of Adult Skills, analyzing the skills of more than 150,000 adults across the world in literacy and numeracy as well as problem solving in technology-rich environments. The United States was ranked below average in each of the three domains.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 10/15/2013 9:53:38 AM

  • AFT President Promotes CTE and Renewed Perkins

    On October 10, AFT President Randi Weingarten addressed an audience of CTE advocates at a United Federation of Teachers meeting in New York, calling for high-quality CTE as a way to retool schools and focus students on today's needed careers. She said policymakers need to fully fund the Perkins Act and voiced strong opposition to proposals that would redirect federal Perkins formula funds to competitive grants.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 10/11/2013 2:38:23 PM

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