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Alisha Hyslop
Alexandria, VA
Alisha Hyslop has spent over 15 years working with career and technical education and is currently the Director of Public Policy at the Association for Career and Technical Education. At ACTE, Alisha leads the organizations’ legislative, advocacy and research efforts that cover both secondary and postsecondary policy issues, and is particularly involved in efforts related to the Perkins Act. Previously she worked with the Florida House of Representatives and with career and technical student organizations on a local, state and national level. Alisha received her Bachelor’s in Public Relations and Family and Consumer Sciences Education from Florida State University, and her Master’s in Career and Technical Education from Virginia Tech University. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Career and Workforce Education at the University of South Florida.
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Earlier today, President Trump nominated Scott Stump as the next Assistant Secretary for the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education. This position has not been formally filled since the beginning of the Trump Administration, and the first nominee, Michigan State Representative Tim Kelly,... Continue reading
Congress returned from recess this week to a full agenda, but with little certainty as to which pieces of legislation would rise to the top of its priority list. Continue reading
Building on themes raised in the President’s FY 19 budget request, Department of Education leaders recently announced plans to restructure the agency and eliminate the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education. Continue reading
Over the past year, the Administration has repeatedly expressed interest in addressing the country’s infrastructure needs. Earlier today, a full proposal to accomplish the Administration’s goals was finally released. Continue reading
We are excited to announce the launch of ACTE’s High-Quality CTE Program of Study Framework pilot test! Volunteers are needed to help us examine the validity and utility of the Framework when used in program self-evaluation. Who can participate? Continue reading
Just before the previous Continuing Resolution (CR) for FY 2018 funding would have expired on December 8, Congress cleared a two-week extension of government funding. Continue reading
Now that both the House and Senate have passed tax reform bills, Members of Congress from both chambers and both parties will go to conference to reconcile differences in the two bills. Continue reading
Last week, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the Department’s draft priorities for competitive grants to be awarded in future years. Continue reading
After reviewing applications received this summer, OCTAE recently announced the five winners of the grant competition, who will receive a total of $4,046,951. Continue reading
On September 25, President Trump signed a new Presidential Memorandum directing the Department of Education work to increase access to high-quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Continue reading
Earlier this summer, President Trump signed an Executive Order promoting apprenticeships as a strategy to address the skills gap. Secretary Acosta recently provided an update. Continue reading
After announcing a few weeks ago that a new negotiated rulemaking panel was being formed to rewrite the gainful employment regs, the Department of Education is formally delaying some disclosure requirements under the current rule. Continue reading
Rolling back federal regulations has been a top priority of the Administration and Republican leaders in Congress, and the Department of Education is seeking input as they go through their review process. Continue reading
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On June 22, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. Continue reading
Two new funding opportunities have been announced recently that could benefit CTE programs and institutions, including one on the CTE teacher pipeline! Continue reading
After focusing on workforce development in several events during the week, on June 15, President Trump signed an Executive Order titled “Expanding Apprenticeships in America.” According to the National Archives, “Executive orders are official documents, numbered consecutively, through which the President of the United States manages the operations of the... Continue reading
Data and transparency have been a key focus of policymakers in recent weeks as there have been several efforts around these topics and the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA). Continue reading
Last week, several Michigan news outlets reported that Michigan state Rep. Tim Kelly is preparing for the role leading CTE and adult education efforts at the Department of Education. Continue reading
A Washington Post article reports that the Administration will propose a $168 million (15%) cut to Perkins funding in the full FY 2018 budget proposal released next week. Continue reading
On May 17, the Committee approved H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, by unanimous voice vote. Continue reading
The College Transparency Act of 2017, S. 1121, would establish a postsecondary student data system and provide more accurate and complete data on postsecondary student outcomes. Continue reading
The House Education and the Workforce Committee has announced it will “mark up” its Perkins reauthorization bill, H.R. 2353, on Wednesday, May 17. Continue reading
Earlier today, House Education and the Workforce members Reps. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) reintroduced Perkins reauthorization legislation in the House of Representatives. The bill, named the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, builds on the work of the House during last Congress.... Continue reading
Former Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday shares his thoughts on the progress states are making on career readiness in their ESSA state plans. Continue reading
On April 6, the House Perkins “Dear Colleague” letter was submitted to the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee with a total of 140 signatures! That total included 26 Republicans and 114 Democrats from 38 different states or territories. The letter, addressed to Subcommittee Chair Tom Cole... Continue reading