What We’re Reading: CTE News Around the Blogosphere, Feb. 15
February 15, 2013
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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
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
TEC-SMART High School Program Preparing Tomorrow’s Work Force—The Saratogian
21st Century Skills: Deeper Learning is Essential Ingredient for Success—Learning
Transcript for Work—Inside Higher Ed
CTE Policy Watch Blog
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
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
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