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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
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
If approved, the bill will provide level funding for the Perkins Basic State Grant and National Programs. Continue reading
How has the president performed on education and workforce training issues in his first 100 days? Continue reading
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