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What We’re Reading: CTE News Around the Blogosphere, Feb. 15

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February 15, 2013

By: Ashley

This week is Social Media Advocacy Week for CTE Month and Facebook, Twitter, news media and blogs have been showcasing great CTE programs across the country. If you have media coverage of your program during CTE Month, please send it to us so we can share it as well through our networks by emailing aparker@acteonline.org!

The Journal-Times has a great story on the Wisconsin State Superintendent Tony Evers’ visit to a local high school to check out the CTE programs and students engaging in them. The Saratogian overviewed the high-tech, highly-skilled training opportunities, including the area partnerships Cisco Networking Academy in their story this week. Learning First Alliance digs into the meaning of 21st Century skills and what it takes to effectively teach them and prepare students for success in the workforce. Lastly, Inside Higher Ed looks at a Missouri technical college that has rolled out a new kind of transcript that grades students on job readiness.

Push for Tech Ed — State Superintendent Praises Racine's Offerings—The Journal-Times

TEC-SMART High School Program Preparing Tomorrow’s Work Force—The Saratogian

21st Century Skills: Deeper Learning is Essential Ingredient for Success—Learning First Alliance

Transcript for Work—Inside Higher Ed

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Administration’s Budget Proposal Restores Sequester Cut to CTE Funding but Still Falls Short of Need

Earlier today, the Obama Administration released its budget proposal for FY 2014. This document, normally released in February but delayed due to the other fiscal issues in play this spring, outlines the Administration's spending priorities for the coming year.

Duncan Talks 2014 Budget on Capitol Hill

8/12/13 By: Mitch Following the release of President Obama’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 budget request on Wednesday, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appeared before the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee to defend the Administration’s plan for funding education in the coming fiscal year. In the budget proposal, the Administration suggests funding Perkins at 1.1 billion, equal to FY 2012 levels, before sequestration. Additionally, the budget proposes a $10 million increase for the National Programs line item which is designated for a new dual enrollment program focused on career preparation. Despite requests for an overall increase in education funding, the Administration's budget does not prioritize additional investments to meet the growing needs in CTE. During the hearing on Thursday, both Republican and Democratic members of the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations subcommittee expressed apprehensions about the Administration’s strong focus on increasing funding for competitive grant programs. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), ranking-member of the subcommittee, talked about her concern for formula-funded education programs, like Perkins, which largely did not receive increases in funding. “The emphasis on competitive funding I find troubling,” said DeLauro. “What is need is steady secure funding for all of our schools to move toward improvement.” Federal investments in education must be directed to those areas with a proven track record of success that provide all students with equal access and opportunity. Members of the subcommittee will now begin to draft an appropriations bill that will fund Perkins in FY 2014. Let Congress know that it is time to make investing in Perkins a priority!

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