2013 NPS: Carnevale, McLean Inform and Inspire
March 12, 2013
By: Marla Sterling, ACTE Fellow
National Policy Seminar (NPS) began with informative and exciting speakers. Teacher of the Year Robin McLean kicked off the opening general session sharing her thoughts on career and technical education (CTE). NPS attendees were encouraged to use social media during the conference and to continue throughout the year. McLean made attendees think about how they were introduced to CTE and asked if we had shared our Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) success story. Were we preparing our students to tell their CTSO success stories? She sparked our thoughts on ACTE membership incentives, what they are and the need to share those with new members. McLean ended her speech encouraging attendees to share with colleagues how we help students apply academic, career and life skills.
Dr. Anthony P. Carnevale was the keynote speaker and discussed the need for CTE. He reminded attendees that the baby boomer retirement will create many jobs in the next few years, up to approximately 32 million jobs. Of those jobs, many of them will require some form of postsecondary education or training. This means that the majority of new jobs over the next few years will require some form of degree or certificate beyond high school. Dr. Carnevale also discussed the fact that non-repetitive tasks require more skills than repetitive tasks. Jobs with non-repetitive tasks call for skilled workers, not just machines; education and training is important for these jobs. Attendees were also informed that "what you make depends on what you take." Today's economy requires education or learning after high school.
Both speakers gave attendees the information and resources needed to advocate for their programs, to go back to their schools and communities and encourage administrators or school boards to make CTE courses--and not just one course, but a 3-course CTE pathway--a graduation requirement.
Marla Sterling is a 2013 ACTE Fellow for Region V as well as a Family and Consumer Sciences educator and FCCLA adviser at Cherryvale High School in Cherryvale, Kansas.
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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.
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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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