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  • Take Action: Senate Acting on Perkins Funding Bill This Week

    This week, the Senate Appropriations Committee will take up the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill, which will include funding for Perkins! Federal support for CTE is far below what is necessary to meet the needs of local CTE programs and the students they serve. Since 2010, Perkins funding has been reduced by over $100 million, with the threat of further cuts through sequestration for the 2013-14 school year. The erosion of Perkins has negatively impacted high schools, CTE centers, community and technical colleges, employers and millions of CTE students nationwide.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 7/9/2013 10:09:04 PM

  • ACTE Signs on to Letter Showing Support for ConnectED

    ACTE, along with various other organizations, recently sent out a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voicing  support for the Obama  Administration’s new ConnectED initiative. They expressed concern about the 20 percent of students who graduate late or drop out entirely and the need to decrease that number in order to keep America competitive in the global marketplace. The plans would help to expand the school systems current internet capabilities, bringing student learning into the digital age.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 7/9/2013 10:04:00 PM

  • CTE Key to Combatting Global Unemployment

    The latest Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Education at a Glance report emphasizes the role of CTE in combatting unemployment globally.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 7/9/2013 10:02:46 PM

  • Alabama and New Hampshire ESEA Flexibility Waivers Approved

    Over the past week, the Department of Education has approved flexibility waivers for key requirements in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) for Alabama and New Hampshire. Their approval brings the total number of approved flexibility waivers to 39 states and the District of Columbia. 

    Posted by Application Administrator at 7/9/2013 10:01:34 PM

  • USDA Proposes CTE Waiver for School Nutrition Regulations

    On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the final version of new regulations to establish national nutritional standards for all foods sold to students in schools.Though intended to target foods sold in vending machines, al a carte lines and school stores, the stricter guidelines could impact CTE programs that have incorporated into their course curriculum a student-run café, bakery or other school-based business that sells food.Following a strong reaction from the CTE community in public comments on the draft version of the regulations in April, the USDA has agreed to provide a special CTE exemption! CTE programs that are not able to meet the new nutrition guidelines for instructional reasons will be eligible to apply for a waiver from the department.  

    Posted by Application Administrator at 7/9/2013 10:01:53 PM

  • Early College High Schools: Path to Postsecondary Education

    Early College High Schools, in which students enroll in college courses while completing high school, benefit students and are particularly successful in helping students who are traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education to accumulate college credit, according to the American Institutes for Research (AIR).

    Posted by Application Administrator at 7/9/2013 10:02:10 PM

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