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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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On June 29, the Federal Communications Commission opened the application window for the recently authorized Emergency Connectivity Fund, which provides over $7 billion to help schools and libraries provide internet access and devices to students. Continue reading
Late last week, Sens. Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced an amendment to the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, S. 1260, that would expand Pell Grants to short-term CTE programs. Continue reading
On May 13, the U.S. Department of Education announced the students who will be recognized at the national level as 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars, including 20 students named as Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education! Continue reading
On May 11, the federal Department of Education released approximately $36 billion in funding for higher education that had been provided through the American Rescue Plan Act. Continue reading
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Over the past year, the federal government has provided more than $280 billion for K-12 schools and postsecondary institutions to help combat challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic — an unprecedented investment into the country's education system. While different districts and postsecondary institutions will receive varying amounts of money —... Continue reading
On April 9, the U.S. Department of Education announced another group of political appointees to leadership roles within the agency, including Dr. Amy Loyd as the deputy assistant secretary for policy and strategic initiatives within OCTAE. Continue reading
The Department of Education has made several recent announcements about the distribution and use of COVID-19 relief funds for K-12 and postsecondary education. Continue reading
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Last fall, Advance CTE co-hosted the CTE Forward Summit in partnership with nine national organizations, including ACTE, bringing together 200 leaders to set a new vision for the future of CTE. It was clear that now is the time to craft a bold vision where each learner can access and... Continue reading
To help CTE leaders think through the nuances of this important decision, ACTE joined Advance CTE to release "Mitigating Unanticipated Circumstances: Resetting Perkins V State Determined Performance Levels During the COVID-19 Pandemic." Continue reading
n December, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act was signed into law to provide an additional $900 billion in COVID-19 relief. A portion of the funding is allocated to postsecondary institutions and is quite complex, so we are going to take a deep dive here into the details of that funding. Continue reading
On December 2, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Career Technical and Adult Education published a formal "Request of Information" seeking input on successful approaches to expanding work-based learning (WBL) opportunities. Continue reading
The report takes an in-depth, national look at state Perkins V plans and trends across the country, including around key aspects of Perkins implementation, including program quality, access and equity, and accountability and funding decisions. Continue reading
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The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) has released a new report on short-term postsecondary CTE programs. Continue reading
The Department of Education's Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education has released an updated "Crosswalk" to help CTE leaders identify programs that prepare students for non-traditional fields. Continue reading
Last week was National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week week, and many organizations and the Department of Education (ED) celebrated the week with different activities. On the Hill last week, the House passed a bill on Tuesday to fund the government through December 11. Funding for the government runs... Continue reading
The Department of Education has released a final rule updating the regulations that govern distance education in higher education. Continue reading
On July 6, the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 appropriations bill, which proposes an $18 million increase for Perkins CTE State Grants. Continue reading
On June 30, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) introduced S. 4112, the Coronavirus Child Care and Education Relief Act, which includes significant resources to help educational institutional respond to the pandemic. Continue reading
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Building on the recent release of Broadening the Path: Design Principles for Middle Grades CTE, ACTE has partnered with Advance CTE on a new repository of state-level resources related to implementing key elements of middle grades CTE. Continue reading
Compilations of Equity Resources: Advance CTE has compiled a blog post of relevant research and resources surrounding equity as educators transition to remote learning. In addition, the American Youth Policy Forum has started a central webpage to share resources for serving disadvantaged young people. The first set of resources is... Continue reading
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Today, Advance CTE and ACTE released Broadening the Path: Design Principles for Middle Grades CTE to support state and local leaders as they work to develop or strengthen middle grades CTE policies, programs and practices. Continue reading
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Our colleagues at the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) recently shared an update on the "Non-traditional Crosswalk" that helps states and educational providers identify which career fields, and corresponding education programs, are non-traditional for students based on their gender. Continue reading
Over the past few months, there have been a number of new resources and research papers released on equity in CTE or related education and workforce development programs. Continue reading
Several new resources can help state and local leaders as they work to implement Perkins V! Continue reading
In recent weeks, the Department of Education has released several new or updated resources related to CTE and Perkins V. Continue reading