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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.
Recent Activity
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
To fill the void left by congressional repeal of current ESSA regulations, Secretary of Education DeVos recently released a scaled down state plan template. Continue reading
As the new Administration and 115th Congress continue to organize and begin work for the new year, leaders from both branches of government have spoken out about CTE and Perkins reauthorization in recent days. Continue reading
Nine new members have been appointed to the Committee, which recently held its first meeting of the 115th Congress. Continue reading
Now that WIOA plans have been formally submitted and approved by relevant federal Departments, they are available for public review, search and download from the Department of Education’s website. Continue reading
The Department of Education has announced its first Education Innovation and Research (EIR) grant competition, newly authorized under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Continue reading
Last week, ACTE released the latest draft of its Quality CTE Program of Study Framework (version 3.0). This Framework is part of an ongoing project at ACTE to identify a comprehensive, research-based quality CTE program of study framework, test the framework and integrate it into our efforts to recognize and... Continue reading
The House Education and the Workforce has officially announced that Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) will assume the role of chair in the 115th Congress, following the retirement of current chair Rep. John Kline (R-MN). Rep. Foxx has served on the Committee for a number of years, including the last six... Continue reading
Congress has been on recess since late September, but returned on Monday for the final weeks of this year’s legislative session. It is unclear exactly how long the “lame duck” will last before the 114th Congress formally adjourns, but lawmakers were tentatively scheduled to be in session through December 16.... Continue reading
There has been a flurry of activity on Perkins reauthorization since the overwhelmingly positive House vote last week, but Senate negotiations have stalled. Continue reading
On September 13, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5587, the Strengthening CTE for the 21st Century Act, by a vote of 405 to 5! Perkins reauthorization activity now moves to the Senate. Continue reading
Earlier this month, the federal Department of Education released a new set of responses to frequently asked questions regarding the implementation of the Perkins Act, including information on academic courses, school-based businesses and equity activities. Continue reading
Since the House Education and the Workforce Committee passed its version of Perkins on July 7, support has grown for that bill and the reauthorization process generally. Continue reading
Congress adjourned for its annual summer recess last week, but before leaving, there was a whirlwind of activity of interest to CTE stakeholders. Most notable was action to reauthorize the Perkins Act in the House Education and the Workforce Committee, which we’ve reported on in recent weeks. Over recess, please... Continue reading
House Committee on Education and the Workforce leaders announced today that they will consider their Perkins reauthorization bill on Thursday, July 7th, at 10:00 am. The committee markup is the next step in the legislative process for the bipartisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, introduced... Continue reading
On June 28, the House Education and the Workforce Committee announced its much-anticipated bill to reauthorize the Perkins Act, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. Preliminary analysis shows the bill aligns with many of ACTE's reauthorization priorities, but we are still in the process of reviewing the bill. Continue reading
In recent weeks, the Administration has focused extensively on increasing the opportunities for education and training of justice-involved individuals in an effort to reduce recidivism. Continue reading
A new Dear Colleague letter from the Department of Education provides guidance on the links between Perkins and Title IX within CTE programs. Continue reading
The new initiative will provide technical assistance to help community colleges broaden their efforts to embed stackable, industry-recognized credentials within associate degree programs. Continue reading
On May 9, the Department of Education released clarifying guidance on changes to the “ability-to-benefit” (ATB) provision in the Higher Education Act that allows students without a high school diploma to enroll in postsecondary education and receive federal financial aid. Continue reading
On May 9, Advance CTE (formerly the National Association of State Directors of CTE Consortium) released “Putting Learner Success First: A Shared Vision for the Future of CTE” in partnership with six other national organizations, including ACTE. This updated vision for CTE is the product of months of discussion that... Continue reading
Conversations around Perkins reauthorization are ramping up in both the House and the Senate with increased attention and activity in recent weeks. Both the House and Senate education committees continue conversations around comprehensive, bi-partisan legislation that could be introduced in each chamber later this year. The Senate remains further along... Continue reading
Through this new announcement, $9.5 million is being made available for AprenticeshipUSA State Accelerator Grants, which can be used by states to “develop strategic plans and build partnerships for apprenticeship expansion and diversification.” Continue reading
The Lumina Foundation reports in its recently released “A Stronger Nation” that a total of 45.3 percent of working-age Americans held a postsecondary credential in 2014 Continue reading
A report released last week from The Education Trust found that the vast majority of America’s high-school graduates still leave school unprepared for either postsecondary education or a career. Continue reading