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  • House Delays Action on Perkins Funding Bill

    The House Appropriations Committee has announced that they will postpone the markup—the committee hearing where a bill is debated and amended—of the House Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill, which includes funding for Perkins. We reported earlier this week that the committee markup is one step in the long path toward a final FY 2014 funding amount for Perkins. The committee has not announced Information on the rescheduling of the markup and has not released the text of Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill, which was reportedly almost complete.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 7/26/2013 4:46:18 PM

  • WIA Bill Impacts CTE Funding

    Yesterday, Sen. Patty Murray and Ranking Member Johnny Isakson of the Senate Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety introduced the bipartisan Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 2013 (S. 1356). The bill makes changes to the infrastructure funding mechanism of the One-Stop centers, which has ripple effects on Perkins funding.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 7/26/2013 4:44:18 PM

  • Take Action: House Takes up Perkins Funding Bill This Week

    This week, the House Appropriations Committee will begin consideration of its 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.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 7/26/2013 4:43:33 PM

  • PARCC Meeting Highlights Teachers’ Insights on Testing Initiative

    On July 15, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) convened to report on progress of activities as the organization moves forward to develop assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 7/23/2013 2:54:12 PM

  • Senate Confirms Thomas Perez for Labor Secretary

    Yesterday, the Senate approved, on a party-line vote of 54-46, the confirmation of Thomas Perez as the next secretary of labor. Prior to being nominated by President Obama for the top job at the Department Labor, Perez served as assistant attorney general for civil rights at the Department of Justice. He will fill the vacancy left by former-Secretary Hilda Solis who announced her departure in January after four years in the Obama Cabinet.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 7/22/2013 10:39:55 AM

  • McKinsey Advocates for More Training Programs and STEM Graduates

    On Wednesday the Committee for Economic Development put on an event discussing the recent McKinsey Global Institute’s report, Game Changers: Five Opportunities for US Growth and Renewal. These game changers are proposed to jump start the economy and substantially contribute to gross domestic product (GDP)

    Posted by Application Administrator at 7/22/2013 10:42:03 AM

  • ACTE Makes Impact on House ESEA Overhaul

    The House of Representatives finished debate and held a final vote on the Student Success Act (HR 5). The bill is the latest attempt to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The overhaul striped several key provisions from the current law, and made some positive changes that may impact CTE.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 7/19/2013 3:52:33 PM

  • Job Engagement Low for Mismatched Workers

    A new Gallup poll finds that U.S. employees with a college degree are less likely to be engaged at work than their peers with lower or higher levels of education. The engagement rating was primarily based on level of agreement with the statement "at work I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day," and varied greatly based on job role.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 7/19/2013 12:55:00 PM

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