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  • ETA Assistant Secretary Seleznow Lauds Competency-based Approaches

    Eric Seleznow, Employment and Training Administration Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) provided a few remarks on November 18 at a New America Foundation event titled "A Natural Fit?: Community Colleges and Competency-Based Education." The comments addressed both the topic of competency-based education (CBE) and broader issues and initiatives at the Department.

    Posted by CTE Policy Watch at 11/25/2013 9:47:57 AM

  • Budget Conference Committee Begins Tackling Sequestration

    Last week, the House and Senate budget conference committee held its first official meeting. The deal to end the government shutdown and raise the federal debt ceiling that was passed by Congress in mid-October temporarily resolved the protracted budget standoff that shut down the government for 16 days. As part of the agreement, a conference committee of members of the House and Senate was tasked with creating a finalized budget plan and setting overall funding levels for FY 2014 by December 13. The committee will also attempt to tackle long-term budgetary issues like entitlement spending, tax reform and sequestration.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 11/7/2013 2:00:30 PM

  • CTE Funding Spotlight: Verizon Innovative App Challenge

    In today’s funding spotlight we bring you the Verizon Innovative App Challenge, sponsored by the Verizon Foundation in partnership with the Technology Student Association (TSA), Samsung and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab. The app challenge is a nationwide competition where teams of five to seven students work with a faculty advisor to develop an original concept for a mobile app that incorporates sciences, technology, engineering and math (STEM) principles and content to address a real need in their school or community. 

    Posted by Application Administrator at 11/1/2013 5:37:23 PM

  • President Obama Visits CTE School

    President Barack Obama visited Brooklyn’s Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-Tech) last Friday to tour the school and deliver remarks on the “Next Generation of Middle Class American Workers and Entrepreneurs." His remarks included priorities for preparing all students to be college and career ready, including career education.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 10/28/2013 3:14:43 PM

  • 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

  • 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

  • CTE Funding Spotlight: Toolbox for Education Grant

    CTE 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 Watch blog.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 10/11/2013 2:43:13 PM

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