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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
A congressional conference committee recently announced that it had reached an agreement to increase funding the Perkins Basic State Grant by $70 million--bringing the total to nearly $1.263 billion for next school year! Continue reading
The House and Senate recently appointed Members of Congress from their respective chambers to serve on a conference committee that will negotiate a final FY 2019 education funding bill. Continue reading
The Senate recently voted to approve its Fiscal Year 2019 education funding bill. It is an important time to let your Members of Congress know that you want to see an increase in Perkins funding! Continue reading
The U.S. Department of Education announced a plan to rescind the federal gainful employment regulations. Continue reading
The U.S. Department of Education announced that a new negotiated rulemaking panel will be formed to address some key aspects of federal higher education policy. Continue reading
The Democrat members of the House Education and the Workforce Committee recently unveiled a comprehensive rewrite of the federal higher education law. Continue reading
The House Appropriations Committee voted to advance its FY 2019 education funding bill with an increase for Perkins programs. Continue reading
The Senate Appropriations Committee has voted to advance its Fiscal Year 2019 education funding bill. Continue reading
The House education appropriations bill proposes to increase funding for the Perkins Basic State Grant program by $102 million in the coming fiscal year. Continue reading
During a recent hearing in the Senate Appropriations Committee, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos argued that the department’s budget proposal to flat fund Perkins shows that CTE is a priority for the Trump Administration. Continue reading
ACTE sent requests to the House and Senate calling for $1.3 billion in funding for the Perkins Basic State Grant program in the forthcoming Fiscal Year 2019 appropriations bills. Continue reading
The U.S. Department of Education will award competitive grants to states to help strengthen the connections between secondary CTE programs and apprenticeship opportunities. Continue reading
The House and Senate Appropriations Committees began developing funding bills for the coming Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. Continue reading
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently appeared before the House education committee to discuss the Administration’s education policy priorities, including Perkins and CTE. Continue reading
Recently, the Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion released its final report and recommendations on expanding and promoting apprenticeships in the United States. Continue reading
The House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development recently held a hearing that focused on employer solutions for addressing the skills gap. Continue reading
Recently, the U.S. Department of Education shared a notice inviting applications for the Education Innovation and Research (EIR) Program. Continue reading
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Dr. Tom Friedemann of Francis Tuttle Technology Center recently testified at a congressional hearing on the role of federal funding in supporting the workforce pipeline. Continue reading
The U.S. Department of Education has released estimated state allocations based on the increased FY 2018 funding for Perkins. Continue reading
A coalition of 38 Senators signed the FY 2019 Perkins funding “dear colleague” letter! Continue reading
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) recently announced that he will not seek reelection to the House of Representatives and will retire from Congress at the end of the year. Continue reading
We need as many Senators as possible to sign this letter in support of increased funding for CTE. Please take a few minutes to help us in this effort! Continue reading
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos appeared before House appropriators to defend President Trump’s FY 2019 budget request for education. Continue reading
ACTE’s work and that of other CTE advocates and stakeholders has paid off! Last week, Congress approved the long-awaited omnibus appropriations bill to fund federal programs for the remainder of Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, and Perkins Basic State Grants will receive a $75 million increase! This is the first increase... Continue reading
A record 170 member of the House of Representatives signed the FY 2019 Perkins funding “dear colleague” letter! Continue reading