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Senator Begich Completes CTE Legislation Package



By: Brendan

As part of a package of career and technical education related legislation, Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) introduced two bills aimed at professional development for CTE educators and modernization for CTE facilities.

The Professional Development for Educators Act of 2013 (S. 441) provides additional funding through Title II of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to examine current, and develop new, professional development opportunities for educators. The bill includes a provision that 25 percent of funding for the program be dedicated to professional development activities that involve science, technology, engineering, mathematics and CTE.

The Career and Technical Education Facilities Modernization Act (S. 439) provides $75 million for the modernization, renovation or repair of a facility that will be used to improve the quality and availability of career and technical education. The bill also allows funds to be used to make a one-time repair of serviceable equipment or replacement of equipment at the end of its serviceable lifespan at the facility.

These two bills complete Senator Begich’s CTE legislation package, which also includes the Counseling for Career Choice Act. All three bills would modify the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to enhance CTE and better integrate academic and technical courses.

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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!

Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) Announces Career Counseling Bill

In a press release today, Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) announced a bill designed to improve school counseling resources across the country. The Counseling for Career Choice Act of 2013 provides increased support and professional development for school counselors to have the resources and materials to help students make educated decisions about their future, whether it is a four-year university, career and technical education program in high school or other option.


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