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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
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
Posted by Application Administrator at 7/9/2013 10:01:53 PM
Earlier this week, U.S. Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan announced two new flexibility waivers for states under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. A letter was sent to all Chief State School Offices with details on the waivers.
Posted by Application Administrator at 6/20/2013 4:43:07 PM
Earlier this week, the
Department of Labor announced the grant winners in the latest round of its
Workforce Data Quality Initiative. This is the third round of grants, designed
to help states build or expand their longitudinal data systems to better link
workforce and education data and enhance the effectiveness of employment and
Posted by Application Administrator at 6/19/2013 11:20:49 AM
In blog posts this week on the Department of Education’s Homeroom blog, career and technical education took a front and center role as a great example of initiatives by high schools to improve student performance. These blogs are part of a series pushing President Obama’s high school redesign initiative, a proposal for a new competitive program to “encourage school districts to… focus on providing rigorous real-world experiences to students that will put them on a path for succes in both college and careers.”
Posted by Application Administrator at 6/14/2013 3:36:00 PM
High school culinary arts students from around the country had the
opportunity to participate in the Healthy Schools Campaign's "Cooking up Change" national finals this week in Washington, DC.
Posted by CTE Policy Watch at 6/12/2013 4:27:41 PM
On May 31, Jane Oates resigned from her position as assistant secretary
of the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA). She
had served in this role since 2009, and is a long-time friend of ACTE and CTE
Posted by Application Administrator at 6/10/2013 10:54:14 AM
In a rose garden event, President Barack Obama called attention to the doubling of interest rates on student loans set to occur on July 1. President Obama also used the event to advance the message that all students graduating from high schools today will need some form of postsecondary education to succeed in today’s economy. A striking omission in his speech was an acknowledgement that a postsecondary credential includes more than just a degree.
Posted by Application Administrator at 6/3/2013 1:04:43 PM
Last week, the Department of Education released a new set of "Frequently Asked Questions"
designed to help grantees appropriately use funds for conferences and
meetings. This new guidance applies to all federal grant funds, both
formula and discretionary, including programs like Perkins.
Posted by Application Administrator at 5/29/2013 1:11:11 PM