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
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
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
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
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
Posted by Application Administrator at 10/15/2013 9:53:38 AM
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.
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programs across the country are feeling the pinch of these difficult economic
times. Cuts in federal funding for education and budget austerity at the state
and local levels have become major challenges for many CTE educators and
administrators. While there are many funding opportunities available through
government and private foundation grants for specific education projects and
initiatives, these are not always easy to find. To help bring much-needed resources
to your CTE classroom, we have created this new CTE Funding Spotlight series.
We will search out education, workforce training and CTE funding opportunities
that are currently available and regularly highlight them on our CTE Policy
Posted by Application Administrator at 10/11/2013 2:43:13 PM
recently submitted comments on the U.S.
of Education’s draft Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years (FY) 2014-2018. Every four years
the department develops a set of goals and strategic objectives to guide its
future budget and policy priorities. The goals outlined in the
plan include improving student access at all levels of education, increasing
equity, developing the department’s own organizational capacities, promoting college- and career-ready standards and
assessments, and improving high school graduation and postsecondary completion
rates. Thought the department is currently closed due to the federal government shutdown, we are still working to make sure that there is a strong focus on CTE in future
education policy priorities.
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