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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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Last week in Washington, lawmakers departed for the annual August congressional recess, but the House briefly returned on Friday, August 12, to pass the Inflation Reduction Act, which contains primarily health care and climate change provisions. After House passage of the bill, both chambers will remain in recess until after... Continue reading
On June 8, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Dr. Amy Loyd as Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education in the U.S. Department of Education. Continue reading
Last week was a quiet week around Washington, as Congress took the first week of their two-week recess for Easter and Passover. Many lawmakers are attending events in their states and districts during this recess period, in addition to overseas congressional delegation (CODEL) trips as a part of the response... Continue reading
On April 14, the Department of Education and the Department of Labor released their inaugural equity action plans, which are designed to support marginalized, vulnerable and underserved communities. Continue reading
At our recent National Policy Seminar, ACTE was pleased to recognize two policymakers who are retiring this year that have had a tremendous impact on CTE during their time in office—Rep. Jim Langevin and Sen. Rob Portman. Both were honored with Special Lifetime Achievement Awards for their policy work in... Continue reading
On March 31, Democratic House Education and Labor Committee Chair Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Higher Education Workforce Investment Subcommittee Chair Frederica Wilson (D-FL) introduced a new bill to reauthorize the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The bill, H.R. 7309, is titled the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2022.... Continue reading
Update 2/25: Please read about Advance CTE's decision to suspend their update to the National Career Clusters Framework on their website at https://careertech.org/the-framework. Update 2/23: Comments on this blog post are closed so that ACTE can compile member input to share with Advance CTE. To share your feedback going forward,... Continue reading
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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