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This week, the Senate started a two-week recess after finally passing their foreign aid supplemental spending bill. The House remained in session for a few days, where it voted to impeach Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, before starting its own recess. Both chambers will return the week of... Continue reading
DC Digest November 25-December 1 This week, Congress returned from Thanksgiving recess with only a few legislative days left in the calendar year and many policy items to tackle. Focus remains on Israel and Ukraine aid, and multiple appropriations bills, including the Labor, Health and Humans Services, and Education bill,... Continue reading
Today ACTE has released CTE: Developing the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Workforce, the sixth in our revamped series of Sector Sheets describing CTE’s role in growing the workforce for vital industry sectors. The Sector Sheet series is published with support from ACTE’s long-time partner Pearson. These revised Sector Sheets... Continue reading
This week, Members of Congress were largely focused on the election of a new House Speaker and the Israel-Palestine conflict. Little action could occur to address support for Israel because of the situation in the House, and all other bills are stalled as well. The Senate was also on recess... Continue reading
The Department of Education invites public comments on regional educational needs to guide its Regional Advisory Committees (RACs) in their administration of technical assistance to states and school districts. This provides an opportunity to identify growing demands for expanding CTE programs and challenges programs currently face. The 10 RACs collect... Continue reading
Congress remained in recess this week, but Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) revealed that after recess concludes, he expects lawmakers to move forward with a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government from shutting down at the end of the fiscal year on September 30, providing Congress... Continue reading
With Congress still in recess until early September, it was another quiet week in Washington for CTE-related policy. President Biden called for supplemental emergency spending that would support Ukraine, disaster relief and more that will likely be considered as a part of the appropriations process when Congress returns. The appropriations... Continue reading
On July 27, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved its FY 24 Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education Appropriations bill on an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 26-2. Despite the tight budget caps enforced by the debt limit deal, the bill contained an additional $40 million for the Perkins Basic State Grant program! Continue reading
My name is Rose Schoshinski, and this week I joined the ACTE team as an intern in the Public Policy Department. Continue reading
This week in Washington, Congress was focused on negotiating a debt ceiling and broader budget deal before the potential June 1 default deadline, and lawmakers plan to continue negotiations throughout the weekend. We are following the debt limit deal closely as it has the potential to impact overall federal spending... Continue reading
On May 16, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona testified before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce during a hearing titled “Examining the Policies and Priorities of the Department of Education.” Continue reading
This week in Washington, lawmakers were focused on pressing national security, technology and military issues, conducting congressional oversight, debt limit conversations and holding the first of several hearings on the fiscal year 2024 appropriations process. Both chambers are set to be in session next week for the duration of the... Continue reading
I am excited to introduce myself as the new part-time Inclusion, Access, Equity, and Diversity (IAED) Manager for ACTE. My name is Candice Mott, and I bring over 16 years of experience in CTE and the education sector. As the IAED Manager for ACTE, I will lead certain facets of... Continue reading
This week in Washington was fairly quiet for CTE-related items. Lawmakers were focused on holding the first hearings of the fiscal year 2024 appropriations process, repealing military authorizations, debt limit discussions and addressing banking concerns. After a half-week in session, both chambers are back in session full-time for the next... Continue reading
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Congress spent last week wrapping up work before adjourning for the elections. Before the House and Senate adjourned, their primary goal was to pass a short-term government spending measure to extend funding beyond the end of the fiscal year on September 30, which you can read more about below. The... Continue reading
Last week, action in Congress was relatively limited after President Biden signed a Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 appropriations package early last week. With FY 2022 appropriations now complete, Congress now turns its focus to the FY 2023 appropriations process. The first step is the release of the president’s budget, which... Continue reading
On July 11, the House Appropriations Committee released the first draft of its Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill, which included a $50 million increase to the Perkins Basic State Grant. Continue reading
Each year, Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) lead a sign-on letter to the Chair and Ranking Member of the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee requesting robust funding for the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education... Continue reading
COVID-19's Impact on FAFSA Filings: A new report details survey findings about COVID-19 impacting FAFSA filings. Researchers found that the pandemic has further exacerbated many of the challenges students face when filing for the FAFSA, especially first-generation students and low-income students. Key findings from the report include: Students, especially low-income... Continue reading
The House and Senate were in session last week, and there was a lot of activity in DC. Conversations and activity continued on COVID-19 relief and recovery, and on the Administration’s proposed infrastructure package. On Thursday, Senate Republicans revealed their $568 billion counterproposal to the White House’s $2.2 trillion infrastructure... Continue reading
We hope you had a good Memorial Day! Last week was quite lively for federal activity with Perkins CTE State Plan approvals as a major highlight! The House was out last week but will return for votes later this week, and the Senate is now in recess and will return... Continue reading
We have created a “Virtual Visit Guide” to help NPS attendees and other CTE stakeholders with advocacy during this important time. Continue reading
The Center on Reinventing Public Education recently identified more than 30 programs that are reinventing secondary CTE. Continue reading
One of the most significant changes in Perkins V is the new requirement for local eligible recipients to conduct a comprehensive local needs assessment and update it at least every two years. To help local CTE leaders conduct a needs assessment that is a valuable tool for program improvement and... Continue reading