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Mitch Coppes
Alexandria, VA
Mitch Coppes is the Legislative Liaison in the Department of Public Policy at the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). He represents ACTE on Capitol Hill in all federal budget and appropriations issues. Mitch is graduate of Ohio Northern University, where he received a BA in political science in 2008. He previously worked at the U.S. House of Representatives and the National Republican Senatorial Committee before joining ACTE in 2011.
Recent Activity
Lawmakers will soon return to Capitol Hill under pressure to avert a government shutdown when the current funding bill expires on April 28. Continue reading
We need as many members of the House as possible to sign this letter to help ensure that Congress recognizes the importance of funding CTE. Please urge your representative to sign on today! Continue reading
Recently, Senators Tim Kaine, Rob Portman, Tammy Baldwin and Todd Young, co-chairs of the Senate CTE Caucus, reintroduced the bipartisan Educating Tomorrow's Workforce Act. Continue reading
The White House released its initial budget framework. While it does not include requested funding levels for Perkins, it does provide a troubling preview of President Trump’s funding priorities for the coming fiscal year. Continue reading
The president’s 2018 budget request to Congress could include significant cuts to federal funding for education and job training. Continue reading
Controversial Labor Secretary Nominee Andrew Puzder withdrew his name from consideration, topping a chaotic first month for the Trump Administration. Continue reading
Recently, the House of Representatives voted to overturn several of the Obama Administration’s regulations on education. Continue reading
The Senate education committee voted to advance the nomination of Betsy DeVos to be the next secretary of education, but her confirmation could be in jeopardy. Continue reading
Recently, the co-chairs of the Senate CTE Caucus reintroduced the JOBS Act, a bill to increase access to high-quality, short-term job training programs by expanding Pell Grant eligibility. Continue reading
President Obama asked each member of his cabinet to write an “Exit Memo” to highlight the Administration’s accomplishments, and identify the areas where further effort is needed. Continue reading
It was announced that fast food chain CEO Andrew Puzder is the president-elect’s choice to run the U.S. Department of Labor in the new Administration. Continue reading
Congress moves forward with yet another short-term funding bill at the request of the president-elect. The move leaves cuts to Perkins October state allocations in place for now. Continue reading
The U.S. Department of Education announced its final regulations on the accountability, reporting, and state plan provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Continue reading
Recently, the U.S. Department of Education announced a joint effort with five other federal agencies to better align federal support for college access and completion. Continue reading
Congressional leaders, at the urging of the incoming Administration, are planning to put off consideration of a full-year funding bill that could restore cuts to Perkins. Continue reading
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The results are in from the states that decided some key education ballot initiatives on Election Day. Continue reading
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Election Day 2016 has come and gone, but we have the results and analysis on the CTE Policy Watch Blog. Continue reading
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As a native of Ohio who now resides in Virginia, my perspective on voting is as someone who has always lived somewhere that has been the focus of national campaigns looking to assemble “swing state” votes every four years. It is not difficult to appreciate the importance of voting when... Continue reading
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Let’s be honest: the chances that you will cast the decisive vote in a presidential election is pretty slim. The probability varies based on the competitiveness of the state in which you vote – an average D.C. voter’s chances are 1 in 490 billion, while a Virginian’s are 1 in... Continue reading
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I vote because I can. I vote because it’s my right. And when I can, I like to help other people exercise their right to vote. I remember Election Day 2008, sitting on the floor of an empty storefront with my fellow volunteers, calling voters to remind them to go... Continue reading
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Living in a swing state during this election cycle, the average number of political calls I’m receiving every day has climbed to about a half dozen. They include public opinion polls, recorded celebrities urging me to vote for their preferred candidate, requests for donations and more. I’ve gotten much better... Continue reading
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Election Day is a week away. Let us know why voting matters to you, and check out the CTE Policy Watch blog this week to see why voting is important to us. Continue reading
The U.S. Department of Education has released new guidance on implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), focusing on student support services funded through the new Title IV block grant. Continue reading
The Department of Education recently published its final regulations affecting teacher preparation programs nationwide. Continue reading
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There are already opportunities for CTE advocates in many states to make their voices heard at the ballot box through early in-person voting, absentee voting by mail or a combination of these options. Continue reading