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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
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
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
The U.S. Department of Education recently unveiled the list of the Administration’s final supplemental grant priorities. Continue reading
We need as many members of the House as possible to sign this letter in support of strong federal funding for CTE. Please take a few minutes to help us in this effort! Continue reading
The White House released President Trump’s budget request to Congress for FY 2019, which proposes to fund the Perkins Basic State Grant at $1.118 billion. Continue reading
Please take a few minutes to contact your Members of Congress and let them know that investing in CTE is a top priority! Continue reading
The education committees in the House and Senate recently held a pair of hearings on postsecondary accountability issues as part of the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Continue reading
The Senate education committee held a hearing on innovative proposals to reform higher education, including expanding financial aid for short-term training programs. Continue reading
The three-day shutdown ended on Monday after Congress agreed on a short-term measure to fund the federal government until February 8. Continue reading
In December, Congress passed yet another short-term funding bill that continues current spending levels for Perkins and other programs until January 19. Continue reading
Recently, the House Education and the Workforce Committee approved a higher education reauthorization bill on a party-line vote. This sweeping legislation has numerous provisions that would impact postsecondary CTE. Continue reading
On Friday, the Republican members of the House Education and the Workforce Committee announced their long-awaited proposal to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA). While we work to provide a detailed analysis of H.R. 4508, the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act in the coming... Continue reading
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