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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 bipartisan collation of 237 members of House sent a letter to the leaders of Senate education committee urging action on Perkins reauthorization. Continue reading
The U.S. Department of Education released the names of the negotiators who will rewriting the federal gainful employment regulations. The first negotiated rulemaking session will take place December 4-7. Continue reading
Tuesday, November 7, is Election Day 2017 in many states and localities across the country. This “off-year” election will feature gubernatorial and state legislative elections, as well as ballot initiatives and a variety of local races. The marquee matchups on Tuesday will be the governor’s races in Virginia and New... Continue reading
The House Education and the Workforce Committee and Homeland Security Committee held a joint hearing on careers in cybersecurity and the role CTE in developing the cyber workforce pipeline. Continue reading
Recently, a group of senators sent a letter to the leaders of the Senate education committee in support of Perkins reauthorization. Continue reading
Ask your Representative to join the sponsors of the House Perkins reauthorization bill in urging the Senate to act now! Continue reading
The Senate held a hearing on innovative practices in education, including those that incorporate high-quality CTE, as part of the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Continue reading
Based on revised figures from the U.S. Department of Education, 30 states will receive reduced Perkins Basic State Grant funding allocations on October 1. Continue reading
This week, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to advance their 2018 education funding bill. Like its House counterpart, the bill proposes to maintain funding for the Perkins Basic State Grant at $1.118 billion and CTE National Programs at $7.4 million. By advancing the bill, lawmakers rejected the Administration’s request to... Continue reading
Congress recently passed a stopgap continuing resolution to provide temporary funding for Perkins and other education programs through December 8. Continue reading
Congress begins tackling a long to-do list of policy items as part of its hectic fall schedule, including continuing funding for education and job training. Continue reading
The U.S. Department of Education recently announced that some states will receive a supplemental Perkins Basic State Grant allocation to offset the cut that occurred last fall. Continue reading
ACTE provided recommendations to the U.S. Department of Education’s reform task force on ways that the department can better support the CTE field. Continue reading
The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved a bill that will ensure student veterans have greater access to postsecondary CTE. Continue reading
As states and school districts look to implement the new K-12 education law, the educators and advocates who testified at a recent hearing spoke about the importance of CTE in that effort. Continue reading
The House Appropriations Committee recently voted to advance the 2018 education funding bill, which proposes to maintain funding for the Perkins. Continue reading
The House appropriations subcommittee recently approved an education funding bill. Despite calls by the Trump Administration to cut the state grant program by 15 percent, the subcommittee chose to maintain funding for CTE! Continue reading
This week, the House Appropriations Committee will begin consideration of the 2018 funding bill for education and workforce training. Tell your Representative to reject the president’s proposed cut to Perkins. Continue reading
Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta again went before congressional appropriators to defend the Trump budget request for federal employment and training services. Continue reading
The U.S. Department of Education announced that year-round Pell grants will once again be available to students beginning on July 1. Continue reading
In addition to cutting funding for CTE, the president’s budget plan would drastically reduce support for federal job training programs. Continue reading
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos again appeared on Capitol Hill to defend President Trump’s budget request for education, including the proposed 15 percent cut to Perkins state grants. Continue reading
One day after the release of President Trump’s full budget request to Congress, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos went before the House Appropriations Committee to defend the Administration’s plan for funding education. Continue reading
Today, the White House released President Trump’s full budget request to Congress for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. This document outlines the Administration's spending priorities for the coming year fiscal year, including federal education and workforce training programs. The budget proposes drastic cuts in federal support for CTE, including a $168... Continue reading
ACTE applauds the 34 Senators who signed on in support of increased funding for Perkins. Continue reading